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Irrigation and Drainage Rehabilitation, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Project objectives

It is clear that the devastating floods of 2010 will have long-term effects on agriculture, infrastructure and housing. This project will contribute to fill the gap between the early recovery phase and its projects and structural development cooperation projects. The project objectives were formulated after extensive consultation with local partners, scientists and practitioners. The project objectives can be divided into four main categories:

  1. Rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure with special focus on diversion heads of 'Civil' canals;
  2. Assessment of potential of local water storage systems: small dams and reservoirs;
  3. Assessment of potential of low head hydropower;
  4. Disaster risk reduction strategies.

Project location

The project will be situated in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pprovince, and will focus on the districts that were (severely) affected by the 2010 flooding. The districts of Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar and Mardan. Especially Nowshera, Charsadda and Peshawar to a lesser extent were severely hit by the flooding and activities will start here.

Project outcomes

This paragraph describes the project results. At the moment only a general idea of the final project results can be given. They should be read as ambitions or targets. The planned feasibility study will make the objectives and activities more explicit and well-defined. Overall project results:

  1. Contribution to the rehabilitation of the irrigated agriculture and the (on-farm) irrigation and drainage infrastructure: focus on diversion heads of civil canals.
  2. Investigation of the possibilities for water storage systems at local level. This will be done simultaneous with the irrigation and drainage infrastructure rehabilitation. Climate change will cause a of deepening water scarcity in Pakistan, Scientist state that single-solution water storage systems, like the big dams that can be found in Pakistan, will fail to keep pace with problems caused by erratic rainfall in a changing climate. They recommend new types of combined water storage systems - beyond the big dam - to secure future food security. At the moment only an investigation of the opportunities is planned. If the investigation shows promising results implementation can be considered.
  3. Assessment of the potential of low head micro hydropower systems in selected areas. As in many (remote) rural areas of Pakistan, reliable and affordable power supply in the (remote) rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a problem.
  4. Implementation of disaster risk reduction activities like planning of evacuation procedures and first aid training leading to better prepared beneficiaries in the event of future disasters.

More information

For more information about this project: click here for the project proposal

or contact us at info@water-pakistan.nl