Indus River

Earth Law Center and our partner Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum are seeking legal rights for the Pakistani portion of the Indus River. This river faces threats from climate change, reduced flows, dam and canal construction, mangrove clearing and other habitat destruction, reduced sediment load, and severe pollution.

Civilizations have thrived near the Indus River for nearly 8,000 years, but now many communities are at risk from water shortages and cannot support their traditional river-based livelihoods.

Local species are under threat, as well. For example, only 1,000 Indus River dolphins remain. They are one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

We’ve just drafted the “Indus River Rights Act” that is under review by thought leaders in Pakistan. These river rights would prevent further destruction to the Indus River and give the river an opportunity to rebuild it’s biodiversity. Read more here.

For more information, contact Directing Attorney Grant Wilson at

Banner Photo Credit: Fateen Younis - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons