Published Date: Sep 27, 2014
Steps to cope with disasters discussed
ISLAMABAD: "People require a certain level of socio-economic and
political means to cope with disasters inflicted by climate change."
This was stated by ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel while addressing a
workshop on: “Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies”. The
workshop was organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute
He said if a population had resources, its resilience to
disasters could be enhanced.Pakistan is ranked among the 10 worst
climate-hit countries of the world, he said.
Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies is a multi-country research project
that generates new knowledge about economic development in semi-arid
regions and how they can be made more equitable and resilient to climate
change. It actively engaging decision-makers in governments, businesses
and trade bodies.
Senior researcher Kashif Salik pointed out that
this requires a change in mechanism of economic growth and social
development including institutional regulatory framework and bases of
human and natural capital, and to see how these bases affect
vulnerability and climate change. Besides former Ambassador Shafqat
Kakakhel, the workshop was attended by experts Dr. Abid Qayum Suleri,
Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Dr. Iqrar, Mehmood Cheema, Dr Muhammad Mohsin and
Kashif Salik .
“We have gathered various case studies from think
tanks from several organisations around Asia and Africa, we try to
identify internal domestic barriers to development placing importance on
local research and their contributions to policy making to help build
capacity of individuals,” said Dr Abid Qayum Suleri, executive director
Speaking on the occasion, another official of the SDPI Dr
Vaqar said that semi-arid economies’ focus centered around climate
risks, governance and institutions and finance, markets, natural capital
and human capital.
He said interesting dimensions to these work
packages on how climate resilient infrastructure can contribute to
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