Saro Karez – reviving indigenous water management systems

27 June 2011 | News story

The water discharge from Saro Karez reduced significantly after the Pakistan drought of 1998-2002 and the devastating earthquake of October 2008.

Within the project site, which lies on the border of two districts of Balochistan, Pishin and Ziarat, more than 300 households depend directly on the Saro Karez for agriculture and livestock husbandry. Karez systems are traditional practices of water tapping and channelling in Pakistan. The damaged Karez is the communities' only source of water in the dry region of the Saro Valley.

IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative in helping to restore the water supply in a collaborative project with the Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development, IUCN Pakistan, and the Juniper project to revitalise indigenous water management systems in Pakistan. The learning from this pilot initiative will help formulating recommendations and developing further proposals for reviving Karez systems.

The karez will be rehabilitated with the support of the community. Saro-Karez is a multi-faceted project, providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for the inhabitants and project interventions will be used as models for replication in other similar areas in Pakistan.

For more information, please contact Hamid Sarfraz: hamid.sarfraz@iucn.org