New water rights for basin management and inclusivity in spate irrigated areas of Pakistan

Spate irrigation is a unique water resource system that makes productive use of short duration floods in dry river beds. It is common in Pakistan, covering an area of 1 million ha.

The project aims to contribute towards the re-setting of water distribution rules in target command areas, thereby promoting efficient water use in agriculture for better livelihood opportunities. It is envisioned that the systems are brought up to date after changes made to main headworks and resource ... use, thereby optimizing their overall productivity and promoting their inclusivity, especially for the weakest downstream users. In addition a whole range of improvements – related to crop agronomy, livestock keeping, small mechanization and water storage, based on proven experiences elsewhere in similar water systems will be introduced through farmer groups.

The project works in two spate systems in Pakistan being Bhag Narri in Balochistan Province and Nai Gaj in Sindh Province. Together the two spate systems cover an area of 130,000 ha.

The following are the anticipated project outcomes:

•          Outcome 1: Improved and equitable utilisation of productive floodwater, by building partnership among upstream and downstream water engaging communities;
•          Outcome 2: Higher and more equitable returns from flood flows between command areas of selected river basins, as a result of water productivity increases;
•          Outcome 3: Expanded profitable business opportunities for floodwater users as a result of increased production of commercial crops (guar, sorghum, oil seeds);
•          Outcome 4: Creating new livelihood opportunities and increase the productivity of flood-based agriculture and livestock rearing in the two sub-basins;
•          Outcome 5: Approach and methods shared and introduced in other basins that depend on flood flows.
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Clean Water and Sanitation
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Project summary

Project number:
Total budget
Budget spent:
55.57% spent
Tied status:
Partially tied
Start date:
End date:
Project partners:
Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority, Metameta Research B.V., SPO (Strengthening Participatory Organization), Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Irrigation Department, Government of Balochistan Province, Pakistan, Research and Development Foundation
River basins development

Detailed Report

TypeProviderProvider RefReceiverReceiver ref.ValueDateValue Date
Outgoing Commitment93,058
Incoming Funds93,058
Outgoing Commitment850,000
DisbursementMetameta Research B.V.57,517
DisbursementMetameta Research B.V.95,692
Incoming Funds850,000
DisbursementMetameta Research B.V.95,692
DisbursementMetameta Research B.V.83,752
DisbursementMetameta Research B.V.95,692
DisbursementMetameta Research B.V.95,692