It is predicted that Pakistan will face severe effects of climate change and global warming. Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
under the Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project, planted 1 billion and 180 million trees across the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till now to mitigate the impact of climate change.
As there will be extreme shortage of water in Pakistan in the coming years due to climatic changes despite the heavy rains, the drinking water supply is one the biggest problem of arid and semi-arid regions. To cope with this situation, government should plan and implement such projects by which local community of rural and urban areas could be provided with clean drinking water.
Cereal production is already severally affected due to drought conditions. In order to cope with the water scarcity challenge, biotechnological techniques should be used to grow drought resistant crops along with proper wastewater treatment and management to supply water to agricultural lands.
Unfortunately, there are no facilities to store water in Pakistan. New construction of mini dams is the need of a day across Pakistan as we have to face worst drought in near future (2025-50). We are already facing the drought stress in Tharparkar, Sindh where thousands of lives are lost due to non-availability of water and other necessary resources.
Each drop of water is precious, save it to save a life.
No water no life.
Dr. Nadia Mubarik
Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering