" Try Life at Margins,
Try options that are impossible.
Yousaf Riaz has just done the impossible."

Dr. Zafar Altaf

...followership of Mother Nature transformed an ordinary economist
into a Water Economist to serve water resources...

Dr. Zafar Altaf

Dr. Zafar Altaf

Former Federal Secretary (r)
Ministry of Food & Agriculture
Chairman, PARC (2008-2011)
Ministry of NFS & R

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The Bio-remediation project is one in which the intervention can be as iconoclastic as one likes to make usable water available that is polluted, is by itself a big challenge.
Try life at the margins and try options that are impossible.
Yousaf Riaz has just done the impossible.

Dr. Zafar Altaf

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Yousaf Riaz

NBS inc. Associate
Former Director
NIB, NARC

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Yousaf Riaz started his professional career working with the highly socialized animals, Honey Bees.

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A society where rights, obligations, and responsibilities performed at best, the bee community has outstanding equity and equality in practice, optimum utilization of resources in all walks of life.

Ready for Learning

Improving Lives

Made life meaningful to serve Water Sector of the Water Scarce Country, being a responsible son of the soil.

After completing his education in Sciences of Economics from Quid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, he continued the learning process and completed two years of professional apiculture degree. He trained more than 1600 farmers, male and female, from various rural areas. During these on-the-job training programs, he realized the issue of polluted water’s negative impacts on peoples’ lives. He started working on discovering cost-effective solutions to treat used water to transform it into a useable condition in 1995. He consulted various research and development across the country and other countries. Ultimately, in 1997-98, he proved the concept of using local aquatic plants, microbial consortia, and integrating of bio-construction of Bio-remediation facilities for human polluted waters. Later, he established the National Institute of Bio-remediation at NARC in 2008-09.
In 2015, he got the Presidential Award for his sincere efforts to keep water healthy. After completing his education in Sciences of Economics from Quid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, he continued the learning process and completed two years of professional apiculture degree. He trained more than 1600 farmers, male and female, from various rural areas. During these on-the-job training programs, he realized the issue of polluted water’s negative impacts on peoples’ lives. He started working on discovering cost-effective solutions to treat used water to transform it into a useable condition in 1995. He consulted various research and development across the country and other countries. Ultimately, in 1997-98, he proved the concept of using local aquatic plants, microbial consortia, and integrating of bio-construction of Bio-remediation facilities for human polluted waters. Later, he established the National Institute of Bio-remediation at NARC in 2008-09. In 2015, he got the Presidential Award for his sincere efforts to keep water healthy.

Determination

Consistent Struggle

Reviving Sick Waters

a hard target

Yousaf’s consistent struggle started in 1995 for the cause to acknowledge the water’s services to our lives and its care after use…

He went through very tough situations to learn different ways to discover any sustainable solution for maintaining the health of human contaminated water. It was challenging for an economist to recall the natural sciences studied 18 to 20 years ago. He committed with himself and remained hopeful, and did a commendable job introducing a Natural Way to manage used water under NEQS for reuse.
He traveled across the country and collected various aquatic plants, microbes and advanced bio-friendly civil engineering for economically and technically viable mechanisms to treat used water.

Water Care Before and After Use

Mother Nature demonstrates systems to follow

...challenged himself; it was the only path which led him towards securing water…

Unicef Pakistan, National office shared Yousaf’s book copies with various public and private relevant offices; it also shared Dr. Zafar Altaf, Chairman, PARC in 2007-08. He appreciated Yousaf’s efforts and called Yousaf to his office and asked him to replicate the concept at NARC to demonstrate its scientific, technical, and economic aspects to secure freshwater resources.
Yousaf accepted the challenge; he designed and developed the Bio-remediation Facility for the used-water of NARC hostels and offices. The facility’s civil work was completed within eight months in October 2008. The biological process to treat used-water was optimized within four months. The project was independently evaluated and found the parameters were within NEQS for reuse.

Financial Hurdles
to move towards the goal

...financial setbacks could not stop him...

...if money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability...

Yousaf remained under financial stress after executing projects in the government and development sectors; humans’ contaminated water revival is considered the lowest priority. Theoretically, senior management showed interest to fulfill their water care responsibility, but later, the financial approvals or disbursements got deadly slow. In some cases, Yousaf’s family and friends rescued him from paying off the outstanding bills of the contractors.

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Tolerance of Social Stigmatization
Challenge to manage team

...tough work environment...

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed…

Yousaf’s Bio-remediation Team enjoyed serving sick waters’ recovery and refused all types of discrimination…

Yousaf and his team faced the challenges of social stigmatization to treat, manage, and
rehabilitate sewage water; in general, the local communities dislike people working in this field.

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Movement towards the vision

...work environment managed...

...little by little, the bird builds its nest...

...continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights…

Under all circumstances, Yousaf and his team never gave up and continued
the mission of taking Care of Healthy and Sick Waters.

Perspective

Living with all forms of life

yousaf-belives

Yousaf believes!

Mother Nature has sustainable solutions...

...decision to learn and apply Natural Systems to reclaim used matters…

Life on Earth means contributing to the well-being of the people living around and other life forms. Human and Natural Resources have equal rights to live and enjoy their lives on Planet Earth. Whoever claims supremacy has more obligations to facilitate others to live better; otherwise, Human and Natural Resources have equal opportunities and support each other to have a great time living on the Planet.
Yousaf wants to be a source of comfort for the community and facilitate the neighboring natural resource to survive better with him.

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holds & practice

Yousaf thinks, believes, and practices there is no other option to respect and love
people irrespective of belief, color, region, language, or any other differences.

cause

center of attention

Yousaf focuses on keeping water resources contamination-free to
protect Human and Natural Resources’ health.

relation

charm full connectivity

Yousaf enjoys the relationship with billion/trillion of microbes, aquatic plants, birds, etc., to clean the contaminated water biologically.

followership of Natural Systems

Yousaf wants to develop an eco-system where zero waste prevails; the organic used water and used solid matter should be naturally and biologically reclaimed for re-use.

Commitment

Viewpoint / Achievements

Survival!

water is life and a source of life

...the reality of water can not be ignored…

He went through very tough situations to learn different ways to discover any sustainable solution for maintaining the health of human contaminated water. It was challenging for an economist to recall the natural sciences studied 18 to 20 years ago. He committed with himself and remained hopeful, and did a commendable job introducing a Natural Way to manage used water under NEQS for reuse.
He traveled across the country and collected various aquatic plants, microbes and advanced bio-friendly civil engineering for economically and technically viable mechanisms to treat used water.

Standpoint!

decision to serve sick waters for better survival of human and natural resources

...continuation of water contamination can cause serious challenges to survive…

Working with development organizations across the country and abroad, Yousaf learned serving and rehabilitating sick waters means helping people living in populated areas to have clean water. Day by day, increasing the production of humans’ contaminated water care/treatment ignorance causes ground and surface water contamination. It results in difficulty to have clean water nearby. It results in the scarcity of clean drinking in the vicinities and the use of contaminated water in the irrigation of vegetables and salads in the outskirts.

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Opportunity!

...demonstration of biological reclamation of used-water...

...local resource based cost-effective technologies matter…

The Bio-remediation Application for contaminated reclamation was shared with Unicef-Pakistan in 1996 after the successful implementation of various small projects in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Unicef-Pakistan extended financial cooperation to execute the concept at a larger scale. Yousaf and his team took this opportunity seriously and demonstrated the application by integrating relevant income-generating activities of the Integrated Sanitation & Farming System (ISFS) to sustain the project. The project was evaluated by Faisalabad University’s senior experts and recommended replication after three years of its successful operations.

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Replication!

Bio-remediation applications' demonstration at NARC

...a step towards maximum utilization of local biological resources for used-water recovery…

After a long struggle to achieve the technical and cost practical viability of the Bio-remediation/ISFS application for private and public organizations. Yousaf published the book “Sustainability through Optimum Utilization of Existing Resources” the book was also reviewed by Dr. Zafar Altaf, Chairman (2008-2011), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). He offered Yousaf to demonstrate the Bio-remediation application at NARC. Yousaf formed his team and developed Bio-remediation Garden at NARC. The Bio-remediation facility processed contaminated water with biological forces to clean it under NEQS limits for irrigation. Later, Yousaf Riaz established the National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB) as Founder Director established or in 2008-2009.

Lab

Inspection!

...enhancing analytical capacity for discovery & improvement...

...evaluation of local biological resource involvement for recovering used-water…

First-ever at NARC/PARC, a state-of-the-art laboratory was established by NIB to evaluate sick waters’ biological and chemical health. It was a painstaking effort to arrange grants from the public sector to enhance analytical capacity to assess the existing Bio-remediation Model and explore more local natural resources to reclaim used water.
The primary purpose was to maintain water health and secure agricultural production by irrigating polluted waters.

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...an investment in knowledge pays the best interest...

...the power of knowledge to empower team for achieving target…

Trust and capacity building of the team is the core principle to move towards the destination. Yousaf did his best to facilitate his team to try their talent for improving their educational qualification and professional advancement.
He assessed the people who worked under his leadership; about ninety percent of the people improved their academic and technical With the collaboration of students and scientists of local and international learning. universities, NIB researchers produced about six hundred research, booklets, awareness handouts, video documentaries, and dissertations.
The working environment was created to address the issues and develop modules that the corporate sector can undertake for earning and improving the living environment of all.
The primary purpose was to maintain water health and secure agricultural production by irrigating polluted waters.

involvement!

...engagement, discovery & creativity for better living...

...the respect and water care attitude brought the opportunity to instrumental creating the jobs…

Mother Nature created an extraordinary situation for Yousaf to be instrumental in creating regular and contract jobs to serve sick waters’ recovery. More than 175 jobs were created in contaminated waters’ rehabilitation while creating, establishing, and running the National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB).
These jobs included relevant scientists, engineers, administrative positions, and social mobilizers to keep the general public aware of the importance of valuing water resources. The love and care of sick waters enabled Yousaf to facilitate about twenty-five hundred people raising their income through water-related jobs in non-governmental and corporate sectors.

Consciousness!

...valuing water is conservation of water...

...consistent and right information flow…

Water is everybody’s business, and all should have information about the survival of clean water is necessary for the existence of all. Yousaf organized various events with his team to make people aware of the correct version of the water cycle according to local social and cultural conditions.
Training events, seminars, research conferences, publishing information materials, presence on the internet, and talks on national television are organized to keep water pollution-free for the better survival of the planet.
These jobs included relevant scientists, engineers, administrative positions, and social mobilizers to keep the general public aware of the importance of valuing water resources. The love and care of sick waters enabled Yousaf to facilitate about twenty-five hundred people raising their income through water-related jobs in non-governmental and corporate sectors.

Attachments!

...associating with partners of different capacities...

...valuing, respecting, and involving people to keep water resources healthy…

The movement toward clean water prosperity requires the participation and involvement of individuals and organizations having different capacities to care for water. For the great cause for all, Yousaf with his team realized the importance of partnering and developing linkages with academic, research, development, and corporate organizations.
Training events, seminars, research conferences, publishing information materials, presence on the internet, and talks on national television are organized to keep water pollution-free for the better survival of the planet.
These jobs included relevant scientists, engineers, administrative positions, and social mobilizers to keep the general public aware of the importance of valuing water resources. The love and care of sick waters enabled Yousaf to facilitate about twenty-five hundred people raising their income through water-related jobs in non-governmental and corporate sectors.

Tackling the Crisis

Movement

Overview

Liberty & Limitation!

...resolution-clean water for all...

...valuing water is the prime obligation of humanity…

He went through very tough situations to learn different ways to discover any sustainable solution for maintaining the health of human contaminated water. It was challenging for an economist to recall the natural sciences studied 18 to 20 years ago. He committed with himself and remained hopeful, and did a commendable job introducing a Natural Way to manage used water under NEQS for reuse.
He traveled across the country and collected various aquatic plants, microbes and advanced bio-friendly civil engineering for economically and technically viable mechanisms to treat used water.

Survival!

right to live & serve

...essentials of life to be privileged…

Humans try to take care of every living being’s right to live at their best.
Water is considered a living identity, and water facilitates the living process on the planet.
Water has rights, and these can not be ignored before and after use. He thinks it is wrong to say used water is wastewater and tacking action to throw it away like a waste product.

Preference!

...change in water & sanitation plans...

...learned to introduce Integrated Sanitation & Farming System to generate eco-friendly income…

As per the change in five-year plans for the upcoming Unicef projects of water & sanitation,
the priority changed; the federal and local provincial governments were informed about the Bio-remediation Application to rehabilitate used water for re-use.
From 2002 to 2007, Yousaf wrote the book “Sustainability through Optimum Utilization of Existing Resources” the document highlights the concept of the Integrated Sanitation & Farming System.
Later, this book helped initiate the Bio-remediation Program at NARC, and ultimately, the National Institute of Bio-remediation was established in 2008-09.

Aversion!

...interruptions in clean water prosperity...

...arduous journey to engage biological forces to keep water resources clean…

Yousaf’s Journey Bio-remediation hardly finds smooth sailing to maintain water health; it mostly has interruptions because of the least priority to treating polluted waters.
From 2007-to 2010, all Bio-remediation Applications were demonstrated and scientifically proved the technical and cost-effective viability.
The contaminated water recovery activities were interrupted in 2010, and he could not continue. Mr. Yousaf Riaz, as Director, NIB, was restored in 2012, and he continued his services till 2017 and again asked to stop serving the neglected sick waters.

Cessation!

...nursing sick waters...

...need more clarification to understand about Natural Water Cycle

As explained earlier, the correct understanding of the water cycle is missing somewhere; water is considered a non-recyclable or waste product after use.
It can be observed polluted water flows in streets and canals contaminating people, surface and underground clean water.
It is adjustable to use biologically / chemically contaminated water for irrigation of salad and vegetable crops.
The management and governance prioritized that ordinary people can still manage using contaminated water, salads, and vegetables.
NIB’s efforts to secure water and food products ceased, and the institute dissolved in 2016.

Victimization!

...NIB water care services shutdown...

...life is struggle and it should continue…

After the National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB) dissolution, all technical, researchers, scientists, and administrative staff transferred to other departments.
Likewise, the wastewater analysis laboratory equipment and the machines were also shared with other institutes.
In 2016, Mr. Yousaf Riaz moved to Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI), NARC, and he had to leave SSRI, NARC, in 2017.

Relevancy!

...pursuit--keeping water resources pollution free...

...dynamically finding ways to continue the mission…

Devotion to the care of sick waters remained firm under all circumstances and situations.
The forces that want to see sick waters in pain could not influence Yousaf’s decision and determination to compromise caring for and serving human polluted waters.
Yousaf’s argument caring for sick waters is humans’ kind gesture toward Mother Nature’s provision of great resource ‘water’ as a life-sustaining element.

Misapprehension!

...used-water is wastewater...

...alternative plan was needed before the action…

Yousaf Riaz Could not understand why his sincere and professional services were rejected to serve the neglected sector, sick waters of the country
Surprised that the PARC management dismissed him with his team but could not develop any plan to manage contaminated water for secure water and food, especially vegetables and salads production.
Did his best to meet the primary objectives of PARC under the guidance of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to ensure secure food production.
The reclamation of contaminated water is one of the main steps to securing agricultural food items production (vegetables & Salads) from peri-urban farming activities by using domestic and industrial polluted water.
These jobs included relevant scientists, engineers, administrative positions, and social mobilizers to keep the general public aware of the importance of valuing water resources. The love and care of sick waters enabled Yousaf to facilitate about twenty-five hundred people raising their income through water-related jobs in non-governmental and corporate sectors.

Perseverance!

...clean water security first...

...documentation of the experience to serve/nurse sick waters…

Mother Nature graced Yousaf with a special heart to love and care for water resources, and it energized him to be consistent, continuing the mission with a different strategy.
Establishment of Nano Bio-Solution Inc. (NBS) to continue evolving activities for used-water recovery through economically viable solutions.
Formulation of “Sardar Memorial Ecological Solutions Trust” (SMET) as Corporate social responsibility (CSR) of NBS. SMET aims to allocate/raise funds to execute research activities and water reclamation projects for neglected areas.
“The Responsibility Ignored” is written and published by Yousaf to document all the experiences and learnings to continue serving sick waters for all to participate.
Organized water sensitized people to govern, manage and execute activities to secure water resources under the umbrella of the “waterman.pk.”
Journey Bio-remediation (youtube channel), Linkedin, Facebook, Blogger, and other social media platforms are used as tools for the accomplishment mission to secure clean water resources.
These jobs included relevant scientists, engineers, administrative positions, and social mobilizers to keep the general public aware of the importance of valuing water resources. The love and care of sick waters enabled Yousaf to facilitate about twenty-five hundred people raising their income through water-related jobs in non-governmental and corporate sectors.

Towards water well-being

Personal Plans to Serve

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Vision

Delighted! Mother Nature

Yousaf wants Mother Nature to be charmed by seeing judicious utilization of Her resources and equal opportunity to live all identities on Earth.

Movement!

...stepping towards the goal...

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...planned activities helped to reach the goal…

Motivating people to support the vision and mission
Involvement of professional and technical experts to plan
Information to all stakeholders through written, talks and video docs

Importance!

...principles to sustain water health...

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...humans have share in Natural Resources not to consume all…

Yousaf values, respects, and facilitates the human and natural resources around him the equal opportunity to live according to their natural inhabitancy.

Tendency!

...focus determines one's reality

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...direction towards goals…

-conceptual clarity of Natural Water Cycle to all
-behaving with water as a living element of the planet
-planning and developing projects to conserve and treat used-water for re-use

Movement!

...stepping towards the goal

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...planned activities helped to reach the goal…

Motivating people to support the vision and mission
Involvement of professional and technical experts to plan
Information to all stakeholders through written, talks and video docs

Understanding the Power & Vulnerability of water...

Journey Bio-remediation...

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