Advisor to PM on climate change Malik Amin Aslam Khan has said that the country needs an integrated flood risk management system which is economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable.

He stated this while chairing a high-level meeting on the development of a long-term project on ‘Integrated flood-plain management’ along river Indus for diverting and storing floodwater through ecological infrastructure, here at Islamabad on Wednesday.

He said that Pakistan is not a water scarce country. But unfortunately, due to lack of infrastructure and mismanagement, a huge quantity of water is wasted every year. Pakistan is blessed with wetlands, where we can store flood waters and use it to cater our water-related needs.

Amin said, “The main idea of the project seems fine but we have to conduct its detailed feasibility study by keeping in view environmental evaluation and cost-benefit analysis of the proposed water storage sites.”

Representatives from WWF apprised the minister on integrated Flood risk management project through a detailed presentation. They informed the minister that they have already shared their concept paper with ADB, World Bank, and other international experts to get their feedback as pre-feasibility assessment.