Rawalpindi Arid Agriculture University inaugural ceremony

Rawalpindi:10 March: Speakers stressed the need for integrated water management approaches to address the need of agriculture sector and the welfare of communities. They were of the view that “Innovative and integrated water management & water harvesting techniques that deliver the critical eco-system services to human should be adopted for safeguarding the water reservoirs and to sustain in stream ecology.” They stated this at the inaugural ceremony of three days International training on ‘Innovative & Sustainable Water Harvesting Techniques for Agriculture’ at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). This training is organized by the Department of Environmental Sciences in collaboration with Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC) with an aim to acquire up to date knowledge about water harvesting techniques and explicitly addresses multiple use, feedbacks and dynamic interactions between water for production systems, livelihood support and the environment. It would also be helpful to assess water management in agriculture in a social, ecological and assess dominant drivers of change. The training was chaired by Prof. Dr Sarwat N Mirza, Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR while Dr. Abid Mahmood, Director General Ayub Agricultural Research Institute Faisalabad was the chief guest. Dr. Santa Mole, Director IADC, Dr. Mauro Centritto, Director Research Council Italy, Dr. Kostas Chartzoulakis Irrigation Expert from Greece and Mr. Asad Khan former Consultant FAO & USAID, faculty members and students were also present at the inaugural session of the training. Prof. Dr Sarwat N Mirza said that PMAS-AAUR is very much committed to solve the water governance issues of the country and collaboration with Italian agency will be helpful for better understanding of water issues of Pakistan through advanced research based studies. He hoped that it will also help to improve the water governance at micro level. He also appreciated the initiatives taken for the sustainability of water particularly in carrying out the project. Vice Chancellor thanked Dr. Mauro Centritto and Dr. Santa Mole in all academic and research avenues and hoped for the future collaborations as well. He believed that such collaborative efforts, training programs and expert gathering will open new doors to enhance cooperation. Dr. Abid Mehmood said water is a key to socio-economic development of a country and emphasized the need to adopt sustainable water management technique. He said country is heading towards water stress country and emphasized on the conservation of water from household to farm level. He suggested that students and civil society have to play a crucial role in creating a larger consensus, as larger water reservoirs will benefit every Pakistani,” he added.The news.

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