Contested waters: subnational scale of water and conflict in Pakistan

Mustafa, D, Gioli, G, Karner, M and Khan, I (2017) Contested waters: subnational scale of water and conflict in Pakistan. United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. ISBN 9781601276490

Official URL: https://www.usip.org/publications/2017/04/conteste...

Abstract

Based on interviews with decision makers and communities at the provincial, municipal, and village watercourse levels, this report reviews the evidence for water-related conflict at local, provincial, and interprovincial scales in Pakistan. It shows how water — a precious, unique, and finite resource — is not only contested in itself but also drafted as a weapon in conflicts over caste, ethnicity, and political allegiance. It explores competition for water between upstream and downstream provinces, controversy over large dam projects, conflict between fishing and farming communities in a degraded water environment, and conflicts related to irrigation and flooding. It also suggests technical, institutional, and political changes that could help negotiate Pakistan’s water-related conflicts and promote a more inclusive and sustainable development path.

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