29th October 2018
Global Climate Change-Local Impacts – The Case of Pakistan Water Resources
Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad organized a very informative and interesting talk titled, “Global Climate Change-Local Impacts – The Case of Pakistan Water Resources”. The Talk was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Zia ur Rahman Hashmi, The head of water resources & Glaciology section, global change impact studies Centre (GCISC), Islamabad, Pakistan. Participants were from different universities and organizations, including International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Institute of Space Technology (IST), Bahria University Islamabad (BUI) COMSATS university Islamabad and GCISC.
Dr. Zia ur Rehman Hashmi briefed introduction about earth climate system. Climate variability is both natural and anthropogenic 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. Zia Hashmi said that multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals showed that 97 % or more climate scientists agreed climate change is not a myth, it’s a reality. Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely to be due to human activities. Pakistan is already experiencing the negative consequences of Climate change. Pakistan is the 7th most affected country as far as climate change impacts (especially in the form of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events such as thunderstorms, cloudbursts, 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 a proper understanding of the problem to devise locally relevant solutions and actions on the ground.
In the end, vote of thanks was given by Dr. Toqeer Ahmad, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI; a souvenir was presented to the guest speaker and a group picture of the participants was taken in front of BIC hall. Finally, the refreshments were served to participants.
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