Indus

Length 2,900 Km
Basin size 1,081,718 Km2
Population 178,483,470 people
Population density 165 people/ Km2
Key economic activity Agriculture
Threats Climate change, water extraction, agricultural pollution, water infrastructure, 6 proposed large dams
Importance
The Indus River is critical for Pakistan’s 160 million people, and irrigates 80% of its 21.5 million ha of agricultural land. The watershed is also an area of rich biodiversity, particularly where it opens to the Arabian Sea. The Indus river delta is a highly productive area for freshwater fauna and an important region for water birds.

Location
The Indus river basin spans parts of 4 countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and China) in an area that is more than 30% arid, and much drier than the nearby Ganges river basin.

Species
The Indus is home to 25 amphibian species and 147 fish species of which 22 are found nowhere else in the world. It harbors the endangered Indus River Dolphin, one of the world's rarest mammals, with a population of no more than 1,100 individuals. Due to reduced river inflows, the delta has lost significant portions of its mangroves.


For references please download the pdf of the report
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Map of the Indus River. Click on the map to enlarge.
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Threat to the River: Climate Change
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 / ©: WWF-Canon / WWF-Pakistan/Uzma Khan
Girls from the fishermen community, Indus river basin, Pakistan.
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