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Pakistan Problem: A Big Dam in Times of Small Development

At a recent CGD roundtable, water expert John Briscoe gave a whistle-stop tour of Pakistan’s water economy.  In a conversation framed by comments about Pakistan’s history of resilience and ingenuity, he laid out the compelling facts about Pakistan’s dire situation:  
  • Already one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, Pakistan is dependent on a single river system originating outside its borders and fed by Himalayan snow-melt, highly vulnerable to climate change.