29 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
Vienna and Laxenburg

Knowledge sharing and stakeholder engagement in the Indus Basin

A two-part event bringing over 100 researchers and policy makers from the four basin countries and beyond to share knowledge and advance collaborative efforts for sustainable resource management 

Photo:Getty Images

Photo:Getty Images

Why the Indus? 

The Indus River basin – shared by Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan – is critical for over 268 million people who call it home. But rapid changes, such as population growth, urbanization, and climate change are putting strain on the basin’s limited natural resources. If the Indus is to continue providing ecosystem and livelihood services, development must be cooperative, equitable, and sustainable. To ensure that it is, we must understand the challenges facing the Indus and establish a baseline understanding to respond to future impacts, which will aid policymaking and improve how the basin is managed. 

With the aim of supporting knowledge generation and sharing for the sustainable management and future of the Indus, IIASA in partnership with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the World Bank is convening two interlinked events from May 29th through June 2nd 2018. 

29th-30th May: ISWEL Stakeholder Workshop ‘Developing water, energy, and land nexus scenarios for the Indus Basin’

This workshop is organized in the context of the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) project, led by IIASA, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together stakeholders from India, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan to discuss current challenges related to water, energy, and land in the Indus Basin, and engage in a participatory exercise to develop future visions and pathways for the Basin and its riparian countries.

The specific main goals of the workshop include:

  1. Co-development of a number of visions and pathways to desirable futures for the Indus basin taking into account different global developments and climate scenarios
  2. Enhanced and shared understanding on the implications of different investments in the basin and their consequences cascading through the water-energy-land sectors
  3. Develop partnerships to support the agenda on nexus research and management in the basin and its riparian countries 

The workshop is based on scientific approach but it also aiming to produce policy relevant results. Its ambition is to contribute solutions to otherwise intractable problems.

Beyond the project goals, this workshop also responds to the commitment IIASA made during the II Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF)  meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (see Conference Report) to lead Knowledge Action 9 on  “Development of scenarios for the Indus Basin”.  

Workshop outcomes and presentations

18.05 Indus Scenarario Workshop

31st May-2nd June: Third Indus Basin Knowledge Forum ‘Managing Systems Under Stress: Science for Solutions in the Indus Basin'

The 3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum was held at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria and brought together researchers, policy makers and stakeholders from the four basin countries and beyond to share knowledge and advance collaborative efforts for sustainable resource management. The event was hosted by IIASA and co-convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),  IIASA, and the World Bank.

The meeting built on the outcomes of the last IBKF, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in July 2017.

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To view and download the presentations from the event click the more button.

Summary video of 3rd IBKF

Live stream recordings:

18.05 Indus Basin Event

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Last edited: 09 October 2019


Yoshihide Wada

Principal Research Scholar Water Security Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


Barbara Willaarts

Research Scholar Water Security Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

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