The India- Pakistan Track-II Water Cooperation Dialogue, organized by the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council, was held in Dubai from March 30-31, 2014. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Govt. of Pakistan, and Ambassador Salman Haidar, Former Foreign Secretary, Govt. of India, standing in for Mr. Yashwant Sinha, former Foreign Minister of India. This project is generously supported by the Ploughshares Fund and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.
The discussions of the group were based on the results of the plenary meetings held in Lahore (September 27-28, 2012) and Bangkok (August 24-26, 2013) and the working groups in Dubai (November 4-11, 2013). The group decided:
- To revisit and follow up on all recommendations from the plenary meeting in Bangkok, and especially the study on watershed management, a review of environmental issues including glaciers, and the importance of environmentally, ecologically necessary flows in Eastern Rivers.
- To remind authorities in both India and Pakistan about Annexure G in the Indus Water Treaty and recommend that they appoint a standing board of umpires so that disputes are resolved in a swift and timely manner.
- The working group on assessing the impact of climate change and glaciers should develop a joint project that will include multidisciplinary experts to assess the impact of climate change on glaciers.
- To request data experts on both sides to produce a joint issue brief on data management/data sharing by the end of May 2014.
- To investigate the possibilities of using satellite imagery analysis as a subset of the working group on data sharing and management.
- On a broad support for the creation of a web-based databank that will be administered by the Atlantic Council. This databank will serve as a clearinghouse and a central repository for all data links and resources that will be useful for analysts and researchers with a special emphasis on the region.
- That the three current working groups on data, the impact on climate change and glaciers, and the exchange of researchers and farmers associations will continue for the time being. Other groups may be added in due course.
|Ambassador Salman Haidar||Former Foreign Secretary, Govt. of India, and Acting Dialogue Co-Chair||India|
|Arun K. Bajaj||Former Chairman, Central Water Commission||India|
|Mohan Guruswamy||Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council||India|
|Sushobha Barve||Executive Director, Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation, New Delhi, India||India|
|Sreekesh Sreedharan Nair||Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University||India|
|Suresh Prabhu||Former Union Minister for Power, Govt. of India||India|
|Ambassador Latha Reddy||Former Deputy National Security Advisor, Govt. of India||India|
|Shakil Romshoo||Head of the Geology Department, University of Kashmir||India|
|Hina Rabbani Khar||Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Govt. of Pakistan and Dialogue Co-Chair||Pakistan|
|Rai Niaz Ahmed||Vice Chancellor, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi||Pakistan|
|Omar Khattak||Professor, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad||Pakistan|
|Shahid Malik||Former High Commissioner to India, Govt. of Pakistan||Pakistan|
|Jamait Ali Shah||Former Indus Water Treaty Commissioner, Govt. of Pakistan||Pakistan|
|Participants from World Bank and Skoll Global Threats|
|Bessma Mourad||Program Associate, Skoll Global Threats Fund||Skoll Global Threats Fund|
|Christina Leb||Senior Water Resource Specialist, Environment and Water Resources, South Asia||The World Bank|
|Participants who could not attend|
|Shamsul Mulk||Former Chief Minister, Khyber Paktunkhwa Province||Pakistan|
|Khalid Mohtadullah||Former Managing Director, Water and Power Development, Govt. of Pakistan||Pakistan|
|Mushtaq Gill||Chief Executive, South Asia Conservation Agriculture Network||Pakistan|
|Ashfaq Mahmood||Former Federal Secretary Water and Power, Govt. of Pakistan||Pakistan|
|Samir Saran||Vice President, Observer Research Foundation||India|