Pakistan Water Development Report

SDG 6. “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”

6.1: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2: By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
6.3: By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
6.5: By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
6.6: By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.a: By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
6.b: Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

The Pakistan Water Development Report (PWDR) will be produced biennially by USPCAS-W as a joint project between the University of Utah and MUET centers. It will be the Center’s flagship report, and benefit from results and analyses of several research projects to be implemented by the Center and its partners. The theme chosen for the first edition of the PWDR is “Meeting the SDG on Water”.

In addition to serving as the main reference document on water-related issues in Pakistan, the first edition of the PWDR will attempt to answer an important question: what will it take for Pakistan to achieve the SDG on water. To this end, its scope will cover:

  • Description of the current state of water resources and water sector;
  • Comprehensive analysis of key issues and challenges;
  • Baseline situation analysis with reference to each target defined under the water SDG;
  • Analysis of pathways for achieving different targets; and
  • Prioritization of future policy and research agenda to advance the implementation process.

The report will consist of ten chapters. Each chapter in addition to its theme related information and analysis will include best practices, case studies, and key messages emanating from the analysis etc. In addition to establishing the baseline situation for each target, the analysis of each target-specific chapter will highlight: (i) capacity, technological and financial needs; (ii) data and information requirements; and (iii) needs for mainstreaming cross cutting issues such as gender, climate change, partnerships, stakeholder participation, and private sector participation in implementing the SDG agenda.