Department of Development Studies, 22 March 2011
The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly designated 22nd March of each year, as the World Day (WWD). For year 2011, the theme of WWD was ‘Water for Cities’.
In this context, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Abbottabad, in collaboration with PERRA and ERRA conducted a seminar on Rainwater Harvesting, and how it can be a solution to provision of safe and ample water supplies not only in rural area but in cities alike.
The seminar was attended by employees of Government Departments, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Tehsil Municipal Administrations, NGOs, local politicians, media, students, staff and faculty of CIIT Abbottabad. The honourable Chairman ERRA, Mr Hamid Yar Hiraj was the Chief Guest.
DG WATSAN Syed Zaheer Hussain Gardezi gave a detailed presentation on the potential of rain water harvesting in Hazara region and the projects completed by ERRA in Earth quake region. Following this presentation, Dr Bahadar Nawab Khattak, Head, Department of Development Studies and Head of Sustainable Water Sanitation Health and Development program, CIIT Abbottabad, in his presentation pointed out that although ERRA is doing a great job in designing and implementing projects related to water conservation in the earthquake struck areas, its services could be improved with valuable research inputs from Institutions like CIIT Abbottabad, where many students are researching different aspects of rainwater harvesting.
Chief Guest of the Seminar, Hamid Yar Hiraj during his address highlighted various activates of his organization after the earthquake and appreciated the collaboration between CIIT Abbottabbad and ERRA. He assured that suggestions put forward by Dr. Bahadar Nawab regarding rain water harvesting project will be considered and further communication will be assured to make this project successful. DG PERRA highlighted the importance of World Water Day and water conservation during his address.
Concluding the event, Director CIIT Abbottabbad, Prof. Dr. Khan Gul Jadoon offered ERRA all the possible support in their activities and suggested that ERRA should install rain water harvesting system in CIIT Abbottabad as a model for this region.