Islamabad, 27 November 2021 (TDI): Australia is supporting the Australia-Pakistan Water Security Initiative to provide clean and safe water as well as sanitation services in the underprivileged sectors of Pakistan.

The target is to facilitate access to clean and safe water for women and girls. Owing to its special policies related to women and girl empowerment, Australia is supporting various ventures in Pakistan.

Earlier, the Australian High Commission in Pakistan organized a Cricket Tournament for girls in collaboration with Kinnaird College to create awareness regarding women and girl empowerment.

Water Security

According to the UN-Water Water Security is, “The capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human  well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against  water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving  ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability.”

The Australia-Pakistan Water Security Initiative was launched on world water day earlier this year, by the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja.

Both Pakistan and Australia face challenges pertaining to water security. Similarities between the Indus Valley and the Murray Darling Basin provide a basis for technical collaboration on water security between the two partners.

Aside from that, the onslaught of Covid-19 has highlighted the significance of clean water for health and the reduction of the proliferation of diseases.

The Australian Government will invest up to $10 million over the next four years to share expertise in creating water-sensitive cities with Pakistan. The latest tools, techniques, and technologies of urban water management will be employed by Australian and Pakistani experts.

Pakistan faces many challenges related to water security that include scarcity, poor quality, and sanitation issues. It has adverse effects on the underprivileged communities of the country. Furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic has further aggravated the situation, specifically for girls and women.