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Kinjhar (Kalri)

General Information

Description Kinjhar Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Pakistan, and is famous for its extensive reedbeds.
Country Pakistan
Latitude 1° 60' 0" (0.0000)
Longitude 68° 3' 0" (68.0500)
River Basin Indus

Physical Characteristics

Type Fresh


Economic Value The lake is a major source of drinking water for Karachi. It also supports an important fishery.
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description An internationally important area for breeding, staging and wintering waterbirds, supporting as many as 140,000 birds, including European Wigeon, Black Coot and Common Pochard.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Ramsar Site Name Kinjhar Lake
Ramsar Designations 1, 3, 5
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Karachi: Water Supply to Farmland Stopped from Kin
Kinjhar Lake & water pollution
Kinjhar Lake Ramsar Fact Sheet
Pakistan Water Gateway
Sindh website


1/6/2005 - Nothing alarming on water supply from Kinjhar Lake to Karachi

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.

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