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Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Oct 31, 2014

Environmentalists caution against climate disequilibrium

Nilofar in coastal areas, drought in Tharparker

Zubair Qureshi

Friday, October 31, 2014
– Islamabad-Human Resource Development Network Thursday organized pre-congress interactive talk on “Climate Change, Adaptability & Food Security” at a local hotel here on Thursday. In the pre-congress people from the UN, USAID, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Development and corporate sector experts, analysts and media attended the event.

The main purpose to organize the event was to discuss the current situation in Tharparker due to drought and cyclone in Nelofar due to climate change.

While addressing the event, Suhail Awan Executive Director, HRDN, highlighted the importance of pre-congress talk. He shared that HRDN is going to organize HRD Congress on “Key to Sustainable Growth: Human Resource Development” on November 28, 29 at Pak China Center.

Speaking on the occasion, key note speaker Prof. Dr. Ghulam Moohbot said global warming caused severe environmental disequilibrium & uncertainties leading to thoughtful discussions among scientists and social activists”. He said often, coastal regions are becoming major victim of environmental degradation resulting from recent global ecological changes. He said, Bangladesh is a very small country (148,393 sq. km.), about size of State of Wisconsin in the US. He stated that with a population of 163 million, it is overpopulated, and one fourth of its population lives in coastal regions. Pressure of rapidly growing population on the land has been overwhelming, leaving little choice but for the poorest segment of population to move to vulnerable offshore islands & coastal areas” he added.

He said, about 20% and 40% of world’s population lives
within 30 km and 100 km of the coast respectively. He stated that, the World Bank has warned that Bangladesh, under 2 degree Celsius warming, emerges as an impact hotspot with sea-level rise causing threats to food
production, livelihoods, unprecedented heat-waves, urban areas and infrastructure.

Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri Executive Director SDPI spoke at length on the issues pertaining to Climate change, he said that
all the seven area need to be addressed. He also mentioned that water level at sea is increasing, glaciers are melting. Floods, droughts, are the result of climate change. Mr Patric P Evans representative FAO also presented the state of climate effects in Pakistan and stressed the need
for measures to counter these challenges.

Mr Aslam shaeen, Chief Nutritionist also emphasized the proper channels through which the
food securities in Pakistan to be tackled, concerning more about future
needs. Pakistan is most vulnerable to climate change as 60% of its population depends on agriculture. At the conclusion of the event Ms. Fakhira Khanum, CEO, AHKRC, stressed the need of formulation of best policies to avert the disaster and she equally exhorted the authorities to enforce the policies in letter and spirit. She also presented vote of
thanks to the audience.

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