WWF-Pakistan organizes seminar on climate change adaptation in Gilgit-Baltistan
Gilgit, WWF-Pakistan and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with Karakoram International University (KIU) organized a one-day seminar on climate change adaptation science, practices and policy under the framework of the European Union funded HIMALICA programme at KIU. The purpose of the seminar was to provide a platform to people from all walks of life to have a dialogue on possible approaches to combat climate change.
Dr. Masood Arshad, Director Climate, Energy and Water, WWF-Pakistan, informed participants that the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being effectively implemented in Pakistan. “In order to achieve SDGs, both the public and private sectors needs to join forces and invest in effective climate change adaptation practices. Currently, the public sector is investing only five to six per cent, which is expected to increase in future,” he added further.
Dr. Babar Khan, Senior Conservation Manager/Head, WWF-Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan) emphasized the significance of climate adaptation for mountain communities and stressed that the fragile ecosystem of the mountains offers great challenges in the face of climate change.
Mr. Sultan Ahmed, Head of the department of Media and Mass Communications, KIU, while concluding the seminar highlighted that the identification of risks related to climate variability should be eliminated by removing knowledge gaps regarding effective adaptation strategies which will play a crucial role in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt worldwide. Last year was the hottest year on record. Nineteen of the 20 hottest years on record occurred in the past two decades. According to German Watch Institute, Pakistan is one of the top ten countries most affected by climate change, although contributing very little to global carbon emissions. The country is already being affected by deeper, more persistent droughts, pounded by more severe weather and floods, inundated by bigger storm surges.
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