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  • Reply to: Spotting fires from space helps India’s foresters   2 days 13 hours ago

    Dear Sruthy,

    Thank you very much for your interest.

    Would you be happy to share your paper or any documentation regarding your project with us? Please let us know how best we may get in touch with you to discuss this further.

    Best wishes,
    World Bank Team

  • Reply to: Five myths about water in Pakistan   4 days 27 min ago

    The “storage myth” is the one which gets the most reaction for sure! The myths here are partly related to inappropriate comparisons that are frequently – for example of basis of “days of storage” or storage volume person”, while not accounting for differences in flow variability and differences in flow timing compared to the water demand. Some storage is indeed needed to capture monsoon flows for release later in the year. On average, the biggest shortfall is in October, then November, with smaller shortfalls in December, February and March. The current level of storage does a fairly good job of delivering constant irrigation flows each year by capturing monsoon flows for releases in these shortfall months – there is some variation between years, but not a lot. Yes, sedimentation continues to reduce total effective storage. Building additional storage help keeps up with this loss of storage volume. But it is very expensive option, and the economics are is dubious when based only on the current low level of irrigation productivity. Pakistan has a huge groundwater storage capacity that could be used more effectively to help manage flow variability. Many advocates of additional storage see this a means to yield more water for consumptive use. There is scope to increase water yield through additional storage, but as pointed out total diversions are likely to already be unsustainably high and so this is unlikely to be a wise strategy. Building a new major dam every few decades as a strategy to just manage sedimentation, seems an expensive way of running hard to stand still.

  • Reply to: Five myths about water in Pakistan   4 days 3 hours ago

    An excellent piece. I believe on farm water management can be streamlined through private sector with very small public sector investment. A serious issue is a lack of dialogue that includes policy and law makers and politicians. You are absolutely right that immediate focus should be on improving use efficiency and rationalizing allocation. I believe that it is time to initial a discussion of water rights as well. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply to: Five myths about water in Pakistan   4 days 7 hours ago

    great article. should be taught, placed and followed in policy circles.

  • Reply to: Spotting fires from space helps India’s foresters   5 days 2 hours ago

    sir we the students of VHGHSS kollam have done a project on forest fires we like to submit our project on such work shops can we get aplat form for our project submission