Water governance in Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Water governance in Pakistan

Project title: Water governance project in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAs): Environment Cell

Location: FATA Agencies and Frontier Regions (FR) of Pakistan

Duration: 2015 – 2017

Project background: There have been numerous environmental issues in the FATA region, especially pertaining to water, which have pointed to the need for an environmental unit. IUCN has worked with FATA in the past and is now assisting in the development of a unit which is being called the Environment Cell. The development is being funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and FATA, with technical support provided by IUCN. The project primarily focuses on integrating environmental concerns specific to water governance in the planning and implementation of development projects in FATA.

The geographical focus of the project is comprised of FRs adjoining certain districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province namely FR Peshawar, FR Kohat, FR Lukki, FR Tank, FR Dera Ismail khan, FR Bannu in seven Agencies namely Bajaur, Orakzai, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agencies located along the Pakistan-Afghan border, the most sensitive international border.

The main purpose of the project is to develop and enhance the technical capacities of the FATA Secretariat and relevant departments at the agency level to institutionalise proper planning and monitoring of development investments, and contribute to ecologically sustainable changes with focus on water governance issues in FATA. This project takes into consideration cost effectiveness, quality assurance and collective actions for creating a culture of environmental stewardship. All these efforts contribute towards the overall improvement of livelihoods of the inhabitants and their shared ecosystems. The Environment Cell necessitates that all the planning processes and programmes that are likely to have an effect on water need to be evaluated with an Environmental Assessment.

Objectives of the project: To protect the natural environment in important river basins. This covers the following:

  • FATA Secretariat accounts for the ecological sustainability in development planning and implementation
  • Natural resources sectors account for the ecological sustainability in water governance reforms
  • Environmental water management measures are enforced by water sector institutions to ensure availability of safe water for various uses

Expected outputs:

  • FATA Environment Cell established and functional
  • Stakeholders aware of environmental water protection for improved water governance in all agencies
  • Enhanced knowledge and skills of stakeholders in environmental water protection for improved governance
  • Safe water quality standards adapted and identified for drinking and other uses

Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Partners: Planning and Development Department (P&D); Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); and Ministry of Climate


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