On March 24, the South Asia Center and Madadgar Trust for Research and Development co-hosted a Rights of Rivers Seminar in Lahore, Pakistan. The seminar brought together regional leaders including eminent diplomats, scholars, government officials, and environmental advocates to discuss the rights of rivers, especially the Eastern Rivers of the Indus Basin, in the context of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). While the Treaty has been successful in preventing water wars, it fails to address more recent problems that have arisen, such as climate change and pollution. Several experts presented on critical water management concerns in the region that require broader cooperation between nations.

For more information, see statement released at the meeting.