Afghanistan’s Trans-Boundary Waters

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Afghanistan has substantial water resources, but the country’s water infrastructure is inadequate to support rapid and substantial economic growth. While the water potential of Afghanistan is estimated to be 75billion m3/ year on average, Afghanistan ranks lowest in water storage capacity.

Except for some of the tributaries of the Kabul River that flow from Pakistan’s Chitral into Kunar River, Afghanistan is an upstream riparian country, comprising five major river basins and 36 sub river basins. Of these, three river basins (Kabul Indus, Helmand and Harirod-Murghab) flow to the neighboring countries of Pakistan (Indus River Basin), Iran and Turkmenistan and one river basin (Panj-Amu) marks the border with three Central Asian Republics (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) in the north. Therefore, a large proportion of Afghanistan’s waters either flow to or are shared with the neighboring countries.

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