• Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • CUI

  • CCRD

One day workshop was organized by Islamic Relief Pakistan (IRP) on the emerging topic of ‘Climate-Induced Migration’ in Serena Hotel, Islamabad on 21st October 2021. Dr. Saeed Asad and Dr. Mohsin Raza from CCRD attended this event to keep abreast of an emerging issue due to climate change.

The event was attended by participants from different walks of life including academia, government officials, representatives from INGOs’. The major theme of the workshop was about raising awareness on the issue of climate-induced migration happening in areas drastically affected by impacts of climate change in the last two decades across different regions of Pakistan. In the workshop, findings of the IRP-funded project were presented completed in collaboration with universities from Sindh, KPK and Baluchistan. In the presentations, challenges faced by families residing in the areas hard-hit by climate change across the provinces were highlighted.

The participating universities in the project were University of Sindh, Jamshoro; University of Baluchistan, Quetta; and Abdul Wali Khan University, KPK. Team leaders from each university presented findings of the study in the workshop, mentioning the declining of ground water levels in recent years used for drinking and irrigation purpose by the families living in areas came under impact of climate change. Lack of water resources for long time and non-availability of institutional support are the primary reasons that force residing families to leave their native place and migrate to other developed areas for better living opportunities.

In another presentation from IRP representative highlighted efforts by IRP in uplifting the lives of those who are unable to migrate because they lack resources to move to other place. IRP improved water supply system in some areas which resulted in enhanced crop productivity; household women were given training on kitchen gardening to grow their own food and lowering the burden on external support; and green sheds were also provided to locals for planting climate-sensitive species. The last session of the workshop was panel discussion attended by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed; Ex-Senator Sitara Ayaz; Dr. Abid Suleri (SPDI); Pervaiz Abbassi (NIC); Dr. Muhammad Abid from GIZ; and representative from Ministry of Climate Change. The panelists in their discussion expressed their concern about the severity of the issue and stressed on the need of collective effort in averting the problem of climate-induced migration.