Pakistan Placeholder

Water Shortage and formation of Glacial lake

About the Implementing organization

Name: Ali Rehmat, Hussaini Organization for Local Development HOLD

Country: Pakistan

Year of establishment: 2010

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization


The use of Global Positioning System (GPS) made it unique where it has given the alternative source to solve the problem which the mountain community suffering for last many decades. In a small village of Gojal located in Upper Hunza valley in central Karakoram at the extreme North of Pakistan newly called Gilgit-Baltistan border with China at an altitude of 2,556 meters above sea level. The project was designed and implement in a location where the area was very vulnerable due to slop instability and rock fall from the slops and the project failed before the completion of the work, but when we surveyed another source area and the village channels and the young people from the community worked voluntarily to implement the project and it was successful which is the only source of water for irrigation for the whole village. We also completed another project at the lateral moraine of the glacier with help of GPS technology in 2010, a more sustainable project than the pipeline. A very visible impact of climate change is observing in Karakorum region, where the glacier is melting very fast and GLOF events are occurring every year in the main three glaciers located along the Karakorum Highway. A community initiated project which has solved the water shortage in the village but as well as stopped the glacial lake formation and outburst at the same location.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

A conservation area we able to protect forests and wildlife as we able to get water for the green belts of the villages.

Sustainable Development Impacts

it has a long impact on the life of these people where they were working on glacier on daily basis and were not able to work at another places or job etc.


It has a regional level project which is appreciated by the government and civil society as well.


It can be replicated in all Gilgit-Baltistan and karakoram region where climate change and glacial hazards has visible impacts.

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