• Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

Speaker: Dr. Zia Hashmi
Date: 29 October 2018
Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Venue: Business Incubation Centre (BIC) first floor,
COMSATS University Islamabad

Abstract:

This has now become a recognized fact that climate change is real, it is already here, it is here to stay, and humans are responsible for it. Pakistan is the 7th most effected country as far as climate change impacts (especially in the form of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events such as thunder storms, cloud bursts, large scale floods and droughts) are concerned. Currently, there is a hot debate going on country's water future which is an important determinant of the overall prosperity and sustainable development in Pakistan. Also, we are a signatory party to the landmark Paris climate agreement-2015 which entails global efforts to limit global warming below 20C. Hence, Pakistan’s climate action, as defined by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, is three pronged (with Adaptation as our priority and mitigation as our contribution in the global efforts under Paris agreement);

1. Safety and wellbeing of the people (Adaptation)
2. Climate friendly, sustainable development (Adaptation/mitigation)
3. Fulfilling our international commitments (Mitigation and reporting)

Therefore, to combat climate change in Pakistan, we need proper understanding the problem to devise locally relevant solutions and actions on ground.

Bio-note: Dr. Zia Hashmi is currently heading the Water Resources and Glaciology Section of Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC). He is a skilled research engineer with a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His doctoral research focused on multi-model statistical downscaling for hydrologic impact assessment studies. He has got a strong background in water resources engineering and management with ample experience of research in hydrology in relation to climate change, working with a range of scientific disciplines. He has been collaborating in a number of joint projects at international level and so far, authored more than 10 high quality research publications