The Challenge Despite being home to the largest canal irrigation networks in the world, South Asia has a huge groundwater economy, with millions of pumps used everyday to supply water for irrigation. These pumps depend on a continuous source of electricity to operate. However, with more than seven to eight hours of load shedding in… Continue reading Solar Powered Pumps : A Green Solution?
Almost all of us are constantly made aware of the fact that humans and their non-green activities are producing unprecedented amounts of carbon dioxide. This, over the last century, has led to an average rise in global temperature. Along with this global warming effect is a plethora of other environmental issues such as sea levels… Continue reading Environment and the Western Gaze
Conflicts today are different from those of the past. Instead of large-scale warfare or invasions of the past, we have terrorist activities, operations or interstate and regional conflicts, such as those seen today in Syria, Libya and Yemen.We may hesitate to call them 'wars', but just because of semantics, and the fact that they are… Continue reading Water Wars
According to the UN, the population of Lahore is expected to exceed eleven million by the end of 2020, presenting some major implications for city planning. Demand for water and other basic resources is expected to increase, as is the water footprint accordingly. Currently, there are no mechanisms by which water allocation for urban uses… Continue reading Is Lahore willing to pay for its most important resource?
Published in the Harvard College Review of Environment and Society INTRODUCTION The arrival of the El Nino rains have been a boon to the parched state of California, midway in its fourth year of drought. With dried-up reservoirs and diminishing water availability, the recent drought has undoubtedly shaken up the state, triggering the passage of… Continue reading Addressing Variability: Adaptation & innovation in California’s Water Systems
Green growth is a concept that calls for reconciling shorter term and immediate development needs with the longer term goals of sustainability and environmental preservation. Green growth concepts are particularly applicable for infrastructure investments, which can result in permanent changes that are either difficult to reverse or they may lock us into a development path… Continue reading Applying green growth concepts to infrastructure
Implications of Federalism on Water Management A federal system is one, whereby power is formally divided between a central government and smaller regional governments. This constitutional division of power also allows for strengthened democracies and experimenting with innovative forms of governance, as state governments can experiment with policies and learn from each other’s successes and… Continue reading Pakistani Water Management in the Context of federalism
Can we improve on the human condition within the next century? As a development professional, I often find myself asking this question, as it is the first thing that got me involved in this. In my short eight years in development, I've realized that large development banks and governments who are mandated to improve upon the human condition… Continue reading Improving upon the Human Condition through Innovation
Published in the Indus Today Magazine When people ask me what I do for a living, I always hesitate to answer. I’m a water resources engineer, and at any given time, maybe two other people know actually what that means. Others try to overplay the importance of water in their lives, perhaps to give credence… Continue reading About my Day Job