Water is a diminishing resource in Pakistan. Climate change is changing hydrological flow patterns affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions. Water needs of rural communities remain un-served and underserved contributing to poor health and low productivity. Nearly 44% of the population suffers from nutritional stunting and 48% live below poverty line. A burgeoning population and shrinking resource base is creating an imbalance between water supply and demand.
Globally the role of women is recognized in poverty reduction but has not found traction in Pakistan due to cultural barriers that prevent women from being part of decision making. The youth lack awareness about the importance of natural resources and its connection with life supporting services.
Mobilizing communities and building capacities of women/youth to work together will open opportunities to maximize output and ensure sustainability.
The project will, hence, use social, economic and advocacy tools to disseminate awareness, build capacity and provide an institutional mechanism for access to water to promote wellbeing of all and strengthen adaptive capacity, following a gender responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, with a view to contributing to SDG’s.
Community water stewardship aims to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, adaptation to climate change, and improved water resources management through inclusive and practical community based approaches.