Pakistan Spate Network

Location: Islamabad
Coordinator: Karim Nawaz – knawaz99(at) and Allah Bakhsh - kaisarani(at)

The initiative for the Pakistan Spate Irrigation Network was first discussed in January 2007. For the concept document, please click here. For the brochure, click here. At present the Pakistan Chapter counts 150 plus members. For registration please contact Karim NawazAllah Bakhsh or the spate irrigation secretariat.

On October 4, 2013 the local Spate Irrigation Network Kyber Pashtoon Khawa Dera Ismail Khan Province in Pakistan has been established. For more information and people who are involved, click here. The signed Understanding and Agreement is also available.
Several activities are undertaken to strengthen the Pakistan Spate Irrigation Network, in particular the development of data base of spate practitioners, the preparation of information material – e.g. in the shape of a series of Practical Notes on spate irrigation in Pakistan and the preparation of a national workshop. This is done with support of the World Bank and the Royal Netherland Embassy. On 23-24 August 2010 a workshop is organized to discuss the programs of the Pakistan Spate Irrigation Network.

A 7 day training package on spate irrigation has also been prepared, bringing together experiences on spate irrigation in Pakistan and other countries. The CD with the modules can be ordered (free of charge) through info(at) You can also download the Training Modules. The training materials will be updated and made available as curriculum material. The library section of this site contains a large number of grey material documents and photos on spate irrigation in Pakistan, for instance scanned documents from the late 19th century and the early 20th century on spate irrigation and water rights in Pakistan. To view one of them, click here.

Several documents have been specially prepared by the Pakistan Chapter. You can find them in the spate notes. They also prepared two Powerpoint presentations:

More documents will be added in the coming months. Also a popular book on Spate Irrigation (working title The Dry Side of the Indus) to be published by Vanguard is under preparation by Rina Saeed Khan, Karim Nawaz and Frank van Steenbergen.

For an advocacy statement on spate irrigation, prepared at the initiative meeting of the Spate Irrigation Network, please click here. Read also further in the Article in Dawn August 2007: part 1part 2 and part 3.

For the overview 2011 and plans for 2012, read the Pakistan Overview 2011 and Plans 2012.

For more information on the background of Spate Irrigation in Pakistan, please read Overview Paper 1: The Potential for the Development of Spate Irrigation Systems in Pakistan.

Some more information: Spate Project and Further Potential and Sanghar Spate Irrigation Surplus Water