29 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
Vienna and Laxenburg

Knowledge sharing and stakeholder engagement in the Indus Basin

A two part event comprised of two parts: the Third Indus Basin Knowledge Forum and the Indus Scenario Workshop, 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 and policy making. 

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This two part event comprises of two parts: the Third Indus Basin Knowledge Forum and the Indus Scenario Workshop.

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. 

Follow the event on twitter using #IBKF

Live stream recordings:

18.05 Indus Basin Event

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

Prior to the IBKF a number of colleagues from the Indus Basin are taking part in a stakeholder scenario building exercise. This will contribute to gaining a shared understanding about existing challenges and potential future options. This workshop is organized as part of the ISWEL project, led by IIASA in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). This workshop also responds to the commitment IIASA made during the second IBKF meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (see Conference Report) to lead Knowledge Action 9 on  “Development of scenarios for the Indus Basin”.  

The meeting will bring together approximately 30 stakeholders representing different research, NGOs, donors and government organizations, working on cross-sectoral issues in the areas of water, energy, and land in the Indus basin.  The main goal of this workshop is to co-develop with stakeholders from the four riparian countries:

  • A number of informed scenarios for water, energy, and land, taking into account different development and hydro-climate pathways
  • An enhanced knowledge of integrated assessment models and tools that can be used to explore the implications of different investments in the basin and their consequences cascading through the water, energy and land sectors.

This workshop is part of a larger stakeholder process that IIASA in partnership with GEF and UNIDO is implementing as part of the ISWEL project, that seeks to provide project tools and outcomes that can contribute to examining and supporting decisions and knowledge for water-energy-land nexus management in the Indus Basin. 

Agenda - Indus Basin Scenario Workshop

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

Building on several previous meetings and ongoing initiatives, like the Indus Forum, the Upper Indus Basin Network, and the IIASA-GEF-UNIDO funded the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) project, the Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF) brings together over 100 researchers and policy makers from the four basin countries and beyond to share knowledge and advance collaborative efforts for sustainable resource management.

This meeting will be the third IBKF and will build on the outcomes of the last IBKF that was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in July of 2017. Co-convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and the World Bank, the IBKF aims to further strengthen the connections amongst those working in policy making, research and knowledge generation.

See a multimedia overview of last year’s event, including interviews with participants.

Download the report from last years event

Agenda - IBKF

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Last edited: 10 July 2018


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