Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project Phase – I (WSIP – I) is designed and being implemented to improve the efficiency and effectivenessm of irrigation water distrbution in three (3) AWBs. Total Cost of the Project is US$ 175 Million with World Bank share US$ 150.2 Million and GoS share US$ 24.8 Million.
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Environmental Sustainability of Lakes of Sindh under Integrated Lake Basin Management Concept: Phase-I (Manchar Lake)

Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) is a concept introduced by International Lake and Environment Committee (ILEC) serving to protect and conserve the lake ecosystems of the world. This concept can be used to protect and restore the lakes in Sindh as well, which are under threat and at the verge of deterioration, thus an initiative is being take by the office of PCMU to develop a master plan for implementation of ILBM in the province.

A two-day visit program was organized in collaboration of Sindh Irrigation Department and PCMU on Manchar Lake and Kotri Barrage to share the knowledge and experience on the current situation of Manchar Lake. A group of 8 people participated representing PCMU, Irrigation Department and MUET.

Mr. Abdul Basit Khan delivered a presentation followed by a brainstorming session on introducing the concept of ILBM and identifying the gaps and possible solutions for developing a strategy for ILBM implementation. Mr. Sajid Bhutto, briefed about the lake conditions and issues pertaining to its management. All participants gave their valuable inputs and appreciated the initiative to develop a road map for ILBM in the region of Manchar Lake.

A visit on Manchar lake was organized such that all drainage patterns beginning from the city of Sehwan located on the upstream of Manchar Lake till the zero point of MNVD and RBOD-II including inlets and outlets of Aral Wah and watershed of Kirthar were observed in detail. Irrigation Department officials facilitated the trip and informal discussions with the local community were done to identify their grievances and possible solutions to address them.

The sessions sensitised the participants on the prevailing conditions of Manchar Lake and the need of framing ILBM for a better mechanism of management of the lake. This program has given lead to identify more relevant departments that can play their roles as integrative custodians of lake ecosystems along with the gaps that need to be addressed for better governance through ILBM.