The two-day 4th International Climate Change Adaptation, Policy and Science Conference (CCAPS) here on Tuesday urged the need for sensitizing community system in order to tackle with the climate change challenges faced across the globe.
The event was organized by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and LEAD Pakistan, aiming at building a platform for climate change adaptation and resilience, research in the region and create synergies with actions currently conducted or proposed by the other stakeholders.
They called for strengthening the communication among policy makers, scientists and media in order to raise awareness about the climate change and its after effects on the life of a common man and urged the need for taking appropriate measures for heat stress management to safe the glaciers and mountains.
Addressing the concluding session of the event Federal Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Khyzer Hayat Khan said that government was working on the climate change and formulated a climate change policy by taking all the stakeholders on board in order to protect the natural environment.
He said that Pakistan was an active member of the global community, which was working on climate change challenges and it had included it in its sustainable development goals (SDGs) to provide a better environment for the people and coming generations.
However, he said that there was still a room existing for the betterment and improving the efforts to achieve the desirable results of climate change.
Khyzer Hayat Khan informed that under Green Pakistan Programme about 100 million trees were planted and efforts were made to conserve the forest to bring it to as par with international standards. He said that Pakistan efforts in mitigating the climate change challenges were internationally recognized and received a support fund of US$ 37 million.
He said that government was taking measures to introduce climate smart agriculture to protect the agri-sector from the adverse impact of climate changes and maintain food safety and security in the country, besides it was taking measures for conserving energy and water resources in collaboration with other international agencies and development partners.
Speaking on the occasion Chairman PARC, Dr. Yousuf Zafar said that the outcome of the conference would help the policy makers to devise a strategy to overcome the issues related to climate change, which was posing serious threats for agriculture and livestock as well as millions of people living in mountainous region.
He said Pakistan was the most vulnerable in terms of climate change and had faced severe circumstances including droughts, flash floods and weather shifting, which had damaged the growth of agricultural national economy.
Despite that the share of Pakistan was below to nominal in greenhouse gas emission, but it had taken serious steps to fulfill its commitments made in Paris Convention to mitigate the climate change issues and challenges.
The government had established a resource center in PARC, where as a mountain center in Gilgit, besides establishing 12 center in different ecologies and developed a glacier inventory to intimate other stakeholders, he added.