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Stakeholder Consultation Worksop on Climate Adaptations and their prioritizations in Water, Agriculture and Energy Sectors to Improve livelihood at Karakorum International University (KIU), Gilgit

Islamabad (10th November)………… The Climate Change, Alternative Energy and Water Resources Institute (CAEWRI), of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council  organized one day Stakeholders consultation workshop on “Climate adaptations and their prioritizations in water, agriculture and energy sectors to improve livelihood” on  10th November 2016 at Karakorum International University (KIU), Gilgit under the PSDP project titled “Himalayan adaptation, water and resilience (HIAWARE) research on glacier and snowpack dependent river Basin for improving livelihoods”. A diverse group of researchers, practitioners, students, and prominent senior scientists from different government and non government institutions participated in the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to develop stakeholder-driven and gender inclusive prioritization of climate change adaptation measures in agriculture, water and energy sectors that would enhance the capacities of the poorest and most vulnerable ones to adapt to climate change.

The inaugural session commenced with the address by Chief Guest, Minister Food and Industries Mr. Muhammad Shafiq who said that the economy of Pakistan in particular Gilgit-Baltistan is highly vulnerable to climate change because of its immense impact on agriculture sector. Tackling climate change requires concerted coordinated government and nongovernment actions as well as conscious and informed efforts by individuals all over from Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor Karakorum International University Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan also addressed the workshop and said that the livelihood of Pakistani communities is being directly influenced by climate change. PARC has been prioritizing climate change adaptations in the agricultural sector but it is a tedious and time taking process. Promoting climate smart agriculture practices will help to stabilize community and in particular poor farmers.

Chairman PARC Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I. drew attention on some important climate change triggering issues of Pakistan which included: increased variability of monsoon, risks of floods and droughts, reduced food security , rapid melting of Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) glaciers, fluctuations in Indus River system flows, intrusion of saline water in Indus delta and agro- based economical threats.

Principal Investigator, HI-AWARE elucidated the project objectives and its scope of work in Pakistan while Director CAEWRI (NARC) emphasized on the measures PARC has taken for agriculture and water sector development in Pakistan. Water Resources Specialist, HI-AWARE and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, HI-AWARE talked about PARC interventions in Soan Basin and Hunza River Basin respectively.

The second session was based on panel discussion which was headed by Dr. Azeem Khan, D.G. NARC. During this session, the impacts of climate change in Gilgit Baltistan were discussed and the need to undertake adaptation measures in agriculture, water and energy sector was focused. The session was concluded with the comment that the deployment of climate smart technologies has now become indispensible to cope with climate change.

 

Dr. Bashir Ahmad
PSO/PL CCGP,
PI HI-AWARE Project
CAEWRI, NARC, Islamabad.

 

Edited by: (Faisal Sohail Fateh)
SSO/Managing Editor, PJAR
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