International Conference on Community Based Adaptation “Communicating community based adaptation”

21 Apr

International Conference on Community based Adaptation “Communicating Community based Adaptation” continues in Vietnam. The conference attracts over 250 climate change / DRR professionals from the world to discuss the Climate Change a global issue and its impact on the universe.   There are 20 delegates from Pakistan (all being LEAD Associates) and belonging to different professional backgrounds. The delegates appreciated the efforts of LEAD and conference organizer particularly IIED for their timely call and efforts in providing a plat forum for professionals to discuss issue of climate change. During the conference case studies and best practices of community based climate change adaptation were also presented, which provided the participant an opportunity to critically evaluate such interventions. Pakistan being a hub for natural and man-made disasters requires more attentions and support in order to get some preventive and preparedness measures to reduce the effects of climate change and disasters. This could be possible if there is a policy support, financial aid and opportunities of capacity building for those willing to contribute. The Civil Society and Professionals needs encouragement and appreciations to adocate on this issue at all levels.

There are few organizations including Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan and other AKDN agencies  initiated few entry level activities on adaptation activities. These activities needs to be continued in future.

 

 

Climate Change and Gilgit-Baltistan

21 Apr

Giglit-Baltistan in the extreme north of Pakistan is a mountain region covering an area of 28,000 sqkm with the population of over 1.5 million. In  a recent years the trend of glacier breaks, GLOF, rains and debris flow of increased to a great extend. The recent Siachen event (reported as avalanche but seems it was a mix of glacier break and avalanches) killing 137 officers and soldiers of Pakistan Army is significant as reported by Pakistan Army. As per the Pakistan Army Spokesperson this camp was established there 20 years back and had never experienced   any such event. I am still wondering of contributing these events to effects of climate change or are a routine natural process