LAHORE - A report of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has predicted that south Asian countries may face scarcity of water by 2030. The report with the title ‘South Asian Human Development Report 2013: Water for Human Development’ was launched at the LUMS here on Thursday.
The report launching ceremony was chaired by LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali while former vice president of World Bank Shahid Javed Burki was the chief guest on the occasion. MHHDC President Khadija Haq, Ravi Commission Secretary Ahmad Rafay and LUMS VC Sohail Naqvi were also present.
The report expresses concerns over the threat to the people of south Asia due to the scarcity of water. The report finds that well being south Asian people are largely determined by their access to water and sanitation. While the region has done relatively well in providing people with access to water, but it has performed poorly on the sanitation front. This has compromised health of people and the overall quality of life, especially of the poor.
Every year, the human development report analyses an issue concerning socio-economic development in south Asia. Realising the critical importance of water and its significance for survive and prosper, this year’s report discusses water in a people centered frame work and discusses the various channels through which it directly or indirectly affects human development.
The report analyses how water is intimately connected to all major challenges that south Asia faces today. Declining the water availability is multiplying the pressures from a rising population, food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation. Khadija Haq asserted that south Asian countries can no longer ignore the importance of water.