WWF-Pakistan Report Launch: Stakeholders call for more researched data, and mainstreaming Community participation
ISLAMABAD FEB 28: WWF- Pakistan launched its Synthesis report on “Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan” (CCAP) at a local hotel here. This is a European Commission funded project which is being implemented in partnership with LEAD Pakistan and WWF - UK.

The report is a composite of 11 scientific, social, economic, and political analysis studies conducted by CCAP during 2012. The event brought together local and regional experts, practitioners and relevant stakeholders in the field of climate change. They discussed key findings, next steps and collaborative efforts that can be drawn from this synthesis report.

Participants at the event included representatives of Indus River System Authority, Ministry of Climate Change, U.S. Geological Survey, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), United Nations Development Programme, Sindh Forest Department, PIEDAR, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Baluchistan Coastal Development Authority, among others.

The participants were welcomed by Rab Nawaz, Director Sindh of WWF-Pakistan, who appreciated the presence of so many stakeholders whose input would be used to strengthen the report contents. Ali Dehlavi, Manager of CCAP and Anam Zeb of LEAD Pakistan explained the concept behind the report, its methodology, and how LAPA (Local Adaptation Plan for Adaptation) were being developed for mainstreaming community inputs.

Urooj Saeed, head of the WWF GIS laboratory presented her findings of hazard mapping the coastal areas and showed areas where land loss had occurred. She also presented a comparative picture of how the plantation of mangroves was changing the coastal areas over the years.

In a presentation delivered by Dr. Ghulam Rasul, Chief Meteorologist of Pakistan and author of CCAP’s Climate Data Modelling Analysis it was mentioned that they had used state of the art climate models to develop baselines and project future climate regimes in Pakistan at a scale of 25x25 km. Research findings included: temperatures in the Indus Delta are expected to rise by 4?C within this century’

He continued to state, in this decade monsoon rains in Sindh would be concentrated over the month of August instead of July when the monsoon is generally expected. Dr. Ghulam Rasul also mentioned February of 2013 has been record breaking in terms of precipitation levels in Pakistan. He concluded saying that there is expected to be considerable variation in precipitation and temperature patterns in the future and emphasized the need for adopting better water management practices. He also cautioned about the instability of the Siachin Glacier.

Subject area specialist Fawad Ali Khan, Senior Economist at ISET- PK talked about his research on communities along the Indus River who had effectively managed to accept, adjust and bounce back from impacts of floods in 2010. In the study they found that communities in Dadu, Tharparkar, Mithi, Chitral, and Charsada responded to climate stimuli differently, the adaptation rates of each community varied based on their social, economic, political and geographic conditions.

Riaz Wagan Chief Conservator Forest, Sindh Forest Department talked about management of mangrove forests and their role in disaster risk reduction for coastal communities. He emphasized upon the need for better advocacy and awareness raising within communities as well as at the policymaking level so the importance of the mangroves ecosystem could be realized.

Kashif Salik, Research Associate at SDPI presented the community vulnerability assessment of the Indus Delta, and said that indicators like access to education, health and livelihood opportunities presented vulnerable communities with better coping mechanisms.

The question answer session was moderated by environmental journalist, Afia Salam, and threw up many points that were noted by the WWF and LEAD team to incorporate into the recommendations.

Dr. Ejaz Ahmad, Senior Director WWF, in his vote of thanks, acknowledged the valuable inputs from the authors and participants and said that both Lead-Pakistan and WWF would operationalize findings of studies included in the synthesis report at the ground level. These studies will feed directly into local adaptation action plans developed by the two organizations.

Arsalan Ali Bugti
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