Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group and LEAD Pakistan will host an event to discuss best practices and innovative solutions for sustainable groundwater management in South Asia. Rising scarcity of surface flows, coupled with increasing socio-economic pressure, has made South Asia one of the most water stressed regions in the world. Subsequently, groundwater is increasingly supplanting surface water in all consumptive sectors. However long term viability of groundwater dependent economies is threatened from rapid resource depletion. In South Asia, unsustainable extraction is causing unreliable water supplies, saline intrusion, land subsidence and drying of wetlands. Climate change is projected to further intensify sectoral competition for water.
The event will unbundle challenges and innovative solutions for sustainable groundwater management. This event will feature a panel discussion comprising international experts focusing on questions such as:
- What are the governance frameworks being practiced for groundwater management in South Asia?
- What are emerging policy research areas for transboundary and cross-sectorial groundwater collaboration?
- What are implications of groundwater depletion on economic growth in the region?
- What are emerging challenges such as shifting monsoon patterns?
- What is the role of community in sustainable groundwater management?