Co-designing Indus Water-Energy-Land Futures

Yoshihide Wada, Adriano Vinca, Simon Parkinson, Barbara A. Willaarts, Piotr Magnuszewski, Junko Mochizuki, Beatriz Mayor, Yaoping Wang, Peter Burek, Edward Byers, Keywan Riahi, Volker Krey, Simon Langan, Michiel van Dijk, David Grey, Astrid Hillers, Robert Novak, Abhijit Mukherjee, Anindya Bhattacharya, Saurabh BhardwajShakil Ahmad Romshoo, Simi Thambi, Abubakr Muhammad, Ansir Ilyas, Asif Khan, Bakhshal Khan Lashari, Rasool Bux Mahar, Rasul Ghulam, Afreen Siddiqi, James Wescoat, Nithiyanandam Yogeswara, Ather Ashraf, Balwinder Singh Sidhu, Jiang Tong

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The Indus River Basin covers an area of around 1 million square kilometers and connects four countries: Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan. More than 300 million people depend to some extent on the basin's water, yet a growing population, increasing food and energy demands, climate change, and shifting monsoon patterns are exerting increasing pressure. Under these pressures, a “business as usual” (BAU) approach is no longer sustainable, and decision makers and wider stakeholders are calling for more integrated and inclusive development pathways that are in line with achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Here, we propose an integrated nexus modeling framework co-designed with regional stakeholders from the four riparian countries of the Indus River Basin and discuss challenges and opportunities for developing transformation pathways for the basin's future.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalOne Earth
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 25 2019
Externally publishedYes


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