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Federal Rivers

Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems

Edited by Dustin E. Garrick, George R.M. Anderson, Daniel Connell and Jamie Pittock

This groundbreaking book provides a comparative perspective on water and federalism across multiple countries. Through a collection of case studies, this book explores the water management experiences and lessons learned in ten federal countries and China. The territorial division of power in federations, plus the interconnected politics at the national and regional levels, present a classic governance test for waters shared across multiple political jurisdictions. This is increasingly important as democratic transitions have introduced or invigorated federalism across diverse contexts affecting more than 300 major river basins, including over half of the world’s international rivers.
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Chapter 15: Inter-jurisdictional water management in Pakistan's Indus Basin

Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems

Shahid Ahmad, Khalid Aziz and Mujib Khan


The Indus Basin Irrigation system (IBIS) is the worldís largest contiguous irrigation network managed under a federal arrangement (Figure 15.1). While constitutionally water is a federal subject and provinces are responsible for irrigation and drainage, domestic water supply and sanitation, major decisions have always involved both jurisdictions politically and other constitutional provisions ensure they are administered jointly through the Council of Common Interests (CCI), which brings together all the countryís heads of government.

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