Islamabad (June 02)…….. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has organized a two day National Stakeholders Consultation Workshop for Prioritization on “Climate Change Adaptation in Water, Agriculture and Energy Sector” at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) under the PSDP project titled “Himalayan adaptation, water and resilience (HI-AWARE) research on glacier and snowpack dependent river Basin for improving livelihoods.
It is told that the objectives of the workshop are: to develop stakeholder-driven and gender inclusive prioritization using a set of criteria of adaptation in various sectors; identifying pathways based on the up and out-scaling of institutional & on-the–ground adaptation innovations that enhance the capacities of the poorest & most vulnerable to adapt to climate change; and also to share the progress of the project and get insight on adaptation on the climate vulnerable sectors of agriculture, water, forestry, health and energy of experienced stakeholders.
Speaking at inaugural session of the workshop as chief guest, Dr. Amir Muhammed, Founder Chairman PARC & Rector National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences-FAST said that Government should take necessary measures to tackle the challenges of climate change adaptation. He said climate change is a global phenomenon and a challenging reality. Today, it stands not only as a major environmental concern but also as a multi-dimensional developmental issue, he added. He said that it is likely to impact almost every sector of Pakistan’s economy because of its high vulnerability due to geographical location, greater dependence on climate-sensitive sectors (water resources, energy and agriculture), knowledge and technological gaps and low adaptation capacity. Although Pakistan is an insignificant contributor to global phenomenon of climate change, nevertheless it faces serious challenges to its water, food and energy securities.
He appreciated the PARC being part of the HI-AWARE consortium and initiating this consultative process involving all major stakeholders for this project. He said that the project is aimed at exploring the possibilities and ways of promoting the uptake of the knowledge and evidence generated during these on-the-ground innovations at various scales through developing synergies between science-based knowledge and Community –Based Adaptations in order to design improved policies and practices that help vulnerable population to better adapt to climate change and improve their resilience and livelihood systems.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nadeem Amjad, Chairman PARC said that it is the high time to hold this workshop, whenall over the world; there are serious concerns about climate change, its impacts and adaptations. He said that in Pakistan, the areas that are inherently arid to hyper-arid in nature will be more arid due to reduced precipitation, increased temperature and evaporative demand. These areas are extensive in nature and cover Balochistan, Sindh and parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. Generally in the south and west, the growing degree days are already in excess, and increased solar radiation, in these areas can have severe implications on agricultural production, he added.
He apprized some of the major climate change related concerns for Pakistan, include; increased variability of monsoon, risks of floods and droughts, food insecurity due to reduced agricultural productivity, more rapid recession of Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) glaciers, and fluctuations in Indus River system flows, climate related disasters, intrusion of saline water in Indus delta, agro-based economical threats, besides low technological and scientific base and limited access to knowledge as well as weak institutional mechanism and low financial resources, to undertake appropriate adaptation measures. He said adaptation is a key factor that will shape the future severity of climate change impacts on food production. He further said that this workshop will not only bring awareness among the stakeholders but also initiate the serious dialogues and actions towards climate change adaptation and mitigation in Pakistan.
On this occasion, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, DG NARC, Dr. Ghulam Rasul, DG PMD, Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmad, Director CAEWRI NARC, Dr. Bashir Ahmad, PI of HI-AWARE project and other speakers also addressed to share their knowledge and experience with the workshop participants.
(Sardar Ghulam Mustafa)
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SI) NARC