WIT: Fall School on Water Science, Policy and Governance

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 9:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 5:00pm

Centre for Water Informatics and Technology, Lahore University of Management Sciences (WIT-LUMS) presents

Fall School on Water Science, Policy and Governance


Date: November 7 - 9, 2016

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 PM

Venue: LUMS



The LUMS Centre for Water Informatics and Technology will host its second School on ‘Water Science, Policy and Governance’ from November 7 to 9, 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan. This School follows the Spring School that was held in March earlier this year that attracted a large body of students, academics and professionals engaged with water management.

The aim of this teaching based school is to bring together academics and practitioners and engage them in addressing water management through a multidisciplinary approach. This is important because addressing water challenges requires water managers to apply an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, involving hydrological, economic, institutional, legal, policymaking and planning aspects.

The school is critical for building capacity in the water sector and will help to bridge the gap between academia and practice, and establish a fruitful co-operation between the academic community and industry, development agencies, NGOs, public administration, local communities, and other relevant institutions for building capacity in innovation and technology for water management.


Interested applicants should complete online registration by October 26, 2016 on the following link: link: https://goo.gl/NwTbc4


The registration fees are highlighted in the table below:

Registration Fee per participant

Academia - Faculty & Staff

PKR 5,000

Academia - Students (Outside LUMS)

PKR 3,000

Academia – Students (Group of Ten)

PKR 1500

Academia – Students (Group of Fifteen)

PKR 1,000

Public Sector / Non-Government Sector(NGOs)

PKR 10,000

Industry/Private Sector

PKR 15,000




For the Fall School, the thematic focus will be on water science, policy and governance frameworks and their application to the Indus Basin of Pakistan. Under the overall theme of water science, policy and governance, there will be three modules organized by the following themes

a)      Transboundary Water Governance

b)      Federalism and Intra state water management

c)      Groundwater Science, Hydrology, and Economics in Pakistan


Module 1: Transboundary water governance

This module will focus on understanding the legal instruments available for management of international waters as well as processes of arbitration and hydrodiplomacy that are employed to manage water use negotiations in complex river basin systems. These will be discussed in the context of climate change commitments. The examples and case studies deployed will draw on examples around the world, but will use the Indus Water Treaty as the focus.


Module 2: Federalism and Intra state water management

This module will analyse the implications of federalism for water management generally, and the effects of the 18th Amendment on water management in Pakistan specifically. Discussions on the twenty-five year experience with the interprovincial water sharing in Pakistan, as well as case simulation exercises modeling inter state water conflicts will be used.


Module 3: Groundwater Science, Hydrology, and Economics in Pakistan

This first half of the module will explore the basic science and hydrology needed to understand groundwater modeling. The lectures will survey geohydrological modeling techniques, remote sensing and GIS applications for sustainable management of groundwater resources. The second half of the module will cover some of the economic tools required to optimize groundwater extraction behavior and to formulate optimal groundwater policies.


A combination of lectures, case studies, role-play simulations and discussion sessions will be used to deliver the learning outcomes for the modules. Each module will be 3-4 sessions of 90 minute contact time / session.


Expected audience

The target audience for this school is not only limited to water professionals and researchers, but also managers in the corporate and public spheres who are striving to reorient their focus towards water issues. The audience may include policy-makers, engineers and managers responsible for planning, developing and implementing water resources projects and programmes. Participants will gain a new understanding and a broad view of management tools aimed at tackling problems of water and water-related issues in water scarce regions.



Registration payment should be in the form of a Bank draft addressed to the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Deadline for payment is November 1, 2016.


For more details, please contact:

Soban Hameed Saigol,

Administrator, LUMS WIT

Email: soban.hammed@lums.edu.pk

Phone: +92 332 4495057