Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Efforts on to improve Pakistan's climate change adaptation

The Nation (Pakistan): Director NDMA Brig Sajid Naeem has said that the government is working to improve climate change adaptation in the country to ensure that the risks faced by millions of poor and vulnerable communities across Pakistan are reduced, said press release issued here on Tuesday.

Addressing a seminar ‘Building Resilience in the Indus Basin’, organized by ‘Save the Children’ here, Brig Sajid said that Pakistan remains vulnerable to climate change and this vulnerability is likely to increase in the coming decades. We must all be prepared for a world that is changing.

Aqeel Nawaz, Director Programme Quality, Save the Children, said, “It is essential that the most vulnerable people in the most vulnerable districts of Pakistan are equipped with the resources and knowledge to help them cope with the effects of climate change’.

For poor and vulnerable communities living near the Indus River, their exposure to the impact of a changing climate pushes them further into poverty and hunger.

Although the Indus River System is a resource of great importance for the entire country and region, the changing environment has increased the risk of humanitarian disasters manifold for the people who rely on food and livelihoods from the mighty river....

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