SustaIndus: pathways for a climate change hotspot

Pakistan and India

The Indus basin in Pakistan and India is a global climate change hotspot: it is an area where large numbers of vulnerable and poor people and communities are subjected to strong physical and ecological effects of climate change. The project SustaIndus aims to support all people in the Indus basin to provide themselves with food, water and energy in the future.

What is SustaIndus?
SustaIndus is a research program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO). It aims to support the population in the Indus basin by developing sustainable pathways towards science based and climate smart solutions. The arid plains of the Indus river depend strongly on the high-mountain “water towers” of snow and ice. The Indus water tower, with 235 million people, is the most relied upon glacier-based water system in the world. But rapid socio-economic developments and geopolitical tensions over water rights make future water availability a hard challenge. The SustaIndus Story Map gives a concise introduction to the project.

How is CAS involved?
The role of CAS in the project is to help bring research to use, facilitating co-creation between the consortium partners and key stakeholders and developing tangible knowledge products.

More information
Would you like to know more about this project? Then please contact Arjen Koekoek.