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  • Friday, May 3, 2019

  • CUI

  • CCRD

The Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), held a Consultative Meeting on Water Metering and Pricing in Pakistan on 26 April 2019, as part of their ongoing efforts to engage on water conservation, in line with the policy measures noted in the National Water Policy 2018.

Under the CCRD “Smart Water Metering and Pricing (SWMP) Project: A Steps towards Sustainable Development”, funded through the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, the Consultative Meeting brought together members of government, NGOs, development agencies and civil society to deliberate on a specific water conservation strategy – urban water metering and pricing.

Representatives from the Federal Flood Commission, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, LEAD Pakistan, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT), Pakistan Council for Research on Water Resources, were present for the meeting. Technical Advising Team for the SWMP Project, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach, ETH Zurich, and Dr. Haijing Wang, Hydrosolutions, were also present to provide a description of similar thinking in other developing countries where water stress is leading to innovative methods of water conservation.

Mr. Hassaan Sipra, Scientific Officer at CCRD, moderated the meeting. Opening remarks by Professor Dr. Athar Hussain, Head of CCRD, highlighted the key achievements of CCRD in the water sector, including work with UNDP on the vulnerability of the water sector to climate change in Pakistan. Further, Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Principal Investigator for the SWMP Project, provided a snapshot of project achievements, such as the installation of 20 smart water meters in Sector I-8 of Islamabad, a water demand/supply and willingness-to-pay survey of more than 500 households and commercial units, and project expansion potential, as a guiding point for discussion.

The various representatives noted the research scope of the project was strong and gives direction for municipal water suppliers to engage further, adding that the development of a low-cost, indigenous smart water meter would allow for greater implementation of water conservation through awareness raising and data generation. Members of the agricultural sector were keen to see the applications of this project for conservation of water in their sector, while municipal representatives discussed the need to use this technology to target bigger water users, namely private housing schemes and industries. Additionally, representatives made clear that smart water metering has to work with other strategies for water conservation, including drainage discharge measurements, rainwater harvesting and gray water reuse for various purposes.

Professor Dr. N. M. Butt, Chairperson, PINSAT, delivered closing remarks congratulating the CCRD on their project execution, followed by tea and refreshments in the CUI Faculty Cafeteria.



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  • Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • CUI

  • CPS

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Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), CUI, Islamabad is going to a meeting with selected experts on refugees, statelessness, and disaster management on 27 November 2018 at

CUI Islamabad campus.
 The aim of the meeting is to explore opportunities for possible future collaboration in researching these issues. The meeting will be attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam, Additional Secretary/In charge SAFRON; Mr. Idrees Mahsud, Member DRR, NDMA; Ms. Ghazala Mirza, UNHCR; Mr. Waseem Rahman, UNHCR; and Dr. Imran Syed, Head, CPS. 

  • Friday, December 21, 2018

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Wednesday December 19, 2018

Prof. Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies; Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment, Boston University, USA, visited COMSATS University Islamabad on the invitation of Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD, on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain held a one on one meeting with Prof. Adil Najam. In the sitting, possible ways and means of research collaboration between CCRD and Boston University were discussed.  Prof. Athar briefed about the achievements of CCRD in the short span of four years and future endeavors which CCRD aims to achieve in the field of Climate Science.

Later, CCRD faculty joined the discussion and briefly introduced to Prof. Najam about themselves, their ongoing research assignments, collaborations, projects and future programs.

CCRD Faculty sought Prof. Najam’s opinion in getting International funding for projects and collaboration with Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University, USA. Prof. Najam provided his inputs to various queries and conveyed his appreciation that CCRD is the pioneer center on climate change amongst universities in Pakistan and should continue to focus research on climate science.

Meeting ended with a note of thanks from Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain to Prof. Adil Najam for his time and valuable suggestions to CCRD team.

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • CUI

  • CPS

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Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), CUI, Islamabad held a meeting with selected experts on refugees, statelessness, and disaster management on 27 November 2018 at

CUI Islamabad campus.
 The aim of the meeting was to explore opportunities for possible future collaboration in researching these issues. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam, Additional Secretary/In charge SAFRON; Mr. Idrees Mahsud, Member DRR, NDMA; Ms. Ghazala Mirza, UNHCR; Mr. Waseem Rahman, UNHCR; and Dr. Imran Syed, Head, CPS. 




  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, former Executive Director, COMSATS Secretariat along with members of Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS) called on Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD on Friday 30 November 2018.

The discussion was about proposed PNS based three-day conference on Water Issues in March 2019. Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain informed that CCRD had contributed in consecutive two world water days (2017 & 2018) in collaboration with Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and CCRD faculty had done an international project on water in collaboration with UNDP and IISD and prepared a comprehensive report.

It was decided to organize the conference comprised of presentations on various relevant topics, poster competition on general and research-based themes along with scientific talks to highlight the ever-growing demand of water.

Later, Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain thanked Dr. Imtinan Qureshi and his team for their visit to CCRD and assured possible collaboration in future and souvenirs were presented to guests.


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