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Water Balance. Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan. The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Water Balance. Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan. The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). September 2014
  • This report provides the guidance, methods, data, and analyses needed to assess water availability and needs in micro watersheds. It shows how to prepare short-, medium-, and long-term water investment and management plans on the basis of volume of surface and groundwater within a watershed and the needs of agriculture, people, and livestock. It also offers a practical approach based on real-life assessments that have helped planners decide on investments to develop and manage water. While emphasizing the need for assessing precise water availability and its uses, the report consolidates the findings of an assessment of water resources and develops a management plan for sustainable use of the water resources in Bajaur, Khyber, and Mohmand agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. It identifies basic concepts in water assessments, suggests various approaches for measuring availability of surface water and groundwater, pinpoints major users, and develops a water balance model. It also provides recommendations for using the water balance model as a critical planning tool for water resources development and suggests a way forward for expanding this tested approach.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, Pakistan
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Dams, Groundwater, Information and data, Investments, Livelihoods, Livestock, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water balance, Water demand, Water management, Water planning, Watersheds
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Financial community, Governments, Local governments, Water managers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Awareness raising, Guidance
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Recommendations
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Published in 2015