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Article on Indus Basin Knowledge Platform published in ENVIS newsletter

An article on the Indus Basin Knowledge Platform has been published in the Envis newsletter on Himalayan Ecology (Vol. 13(3), 2016) on the Theme of "Himalayan Water Resources- Transboundary Challenges and Opportunities". The article highlights the importance of knowledge systems to help in informed decision making. The newsletter is published periodically by ENVIS Centre on Himalayan Ecology, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD).
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Interprovincial dialogues held in Pakistan

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in partnership with the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) launched a year of dialogue and discussion on Inter-Provincial Water under the ICIB program on the 26th of October 2016 in Islamabad. This was followed by meetings in each of the provincial capitals in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh in 2016 and 2017. The dialogue brought together a wide spectrum of water experts and professionals to reflect upon the last 25 years of the Accord and look at charting out possible strategies for more coordination in the future.
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Blog Post: Knowledge can save the Indus, and us

(Nov, 2016) Not enough data exists on the complex interaction on glaciers in the Indus basin, but a new knowledge platform helps scholars and provides policymakers a way to share the knowledge that exists.

IBKP launched at World Water Week, Stockholm

(Aug, 2016) The Indus Basin Knowledge Platform was unveiled at the 2016 World Water Week to participants present at the conference. Dr Alan Nicol from IWMI presented the different aspects of the online portal highlighting the need for building a one-stop knowledge shop for information related to the Indus basin.
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Rice and reason: Indus and the world affect each other

Planning for system complexity in the Indus basin in an age of increasing global trade

The Indus basin is one of most contested pieces of real estate in the world. With the headwaters in China, flowing through India and the turmoil-ridden region of Kashmir, into Pakistan, with a branch going into Afghanistan, and flowing back into Pakistan, the rivers of the Indus system traverse a veritable smorgasbord of interstate conflict. The impacts of climate change on the glaciers in the region, as well as changes in land management practices and water usage have added pressure and unpredictability to the basin. While the Indus Waters Treaty, signed in 1960, between India and Pakistan, remains an important marker of cooperation, it required a great deal of political will, and fortuitous international conditions to make it possible. Even then, the Treaty was basically one of non-cooperation, with three rivers reserved primarily for Pakistan's use, and three for India's.