Wake up call to tackle the most important challenge of the century, Experts advise to view impacts of Climate Change in a regional context
14 October 2009 | International news release
UTHAL October 14: Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Sciences and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN-Pakistan) organized a one day Seminar at the University on the topic of “Climate Change and Vulnerable Ecosystems of Pakistan.’ This seminar was timed to keep pace with the climate change debate gaining momentum in view of the negotiations that are to take place in Copenhagen in December.
In the technical sessionsof the seminar, the experts dealt with specific issues like the impact on Pakistan, and new concepts like the Clean Development Mechanisms which countries like Pakistan need to take advantage of to put in place adaptaion and mitigation measures for Climate Change. This was emphasised in view of the fact that Pakistan ranks 125th on the list of global polluters but 12th on the list of countries that will be impacted negatively by Climate Change.
Welcoming the guests, The Vice Chancellor of the University, Abdul Hameed Bajoi elaborated on the efforts of the nascent educational institution towards the understanding of the issues specific to Balochistan. He acknowledged the support received by the University from IUCN Pakistan which had provided research and training to its students, and had collaborated in the conduct of the seminar.
Head of the Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development of IUCN, Zabardast Khan Bangash called the attention of the seminar participants to the impacts of Climate Change on various parts of Pakistan, and warned that this was one great leveler that has cross cutting impacts on livelihoods and ecology. He emphasized that Climate Change was not a matter of sustainability but of survival, so it was imperative that measures be taken to combat its effects.
In his keynote address, M. Munir Sheikh of the Global Change Impacts Studies Institute shared his research with the audience, clearly showing the global impact of climate change with examples specific to Pakistan, like the change in seasons, crop patters, rainfall and weather phenomenon like storms, floods and extended periods of droughts.
Country Representative of IUCN Pakistan, Shah Murad Aliani explained the role of IUCN in providing a platform for sharing of research and measures that can lead to adaptation and mitigation of the impacts of Climate Change.
In his address, the Chief Guest at the seminar, Ghulam Jan Baloch, The Minister for Environment Government of Balochistan, strongly urged organizations like IUCN and the University to raise awareness about this burning issue across the province so that people who will be facing the impacts can prepare themselves better and take advantage of the research that is being conducted by the experts.
He reaffirmed the commitment of his government to taking measures for the betterment of the people and called upon the academia and scientific experts to join hands in putting forward solutions and alternatives so for the common man could not only brace himself against the impacts but can also combat its effects.
Vote of thanks for the inaugural session was delivered by the Registrar of the University, Dr. G.H. Jaffar.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Faryal Ahmed
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Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development
IUCN Balochistan Office
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