Scientists for comprehensive policy to tackle climate change as Pak vulnerability to increase in coming years

ISLAMABAD, April 22 (INP): Speakers at the inaugural session of two-day workshop stressed the need for devising comprehensive mechanism and policies to overcome the impending effects of climate change.

A daylong inception workshop on “Climate Change Implications for Water Management and Adaptation Strategies,” was organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) at National Agriculture Research Center here.

Speaking on the occasion, Founder Chairman PARC, Dr. Amir Muhammad highlighted the importance for taking policy decision in consultations with all stakeholders to tackle the problem.

He said that the scientists should focus on developing technologies that would help utilize sea water for drinking and agriculture purposes. He said that if seawater is utilized it would not only facilitate the farmer community but would also help promote overall economy of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said that the climate change was the global phenomenon which has not only become environmental concern but also a multi-dimensional development issue.

He said that Pakistan’s vulnerability to the adverse impacts of the climate change is likely to increase considerably in the coming decades as the average annual temperature. He said that PARC was very conscious and curious about the current and future state of climate change and associated implications for sustainability of environment and socio-economic development.

On the occasion, PARC Member Natural Resources, Dr. Nadeem Amjad sid that the climate change is projected to have severe consequences for water and agriculture sector of the country. He said that Pakistan has undertaken several policy and planning initiatives to deal with changing climate including launch of Pakistan National Climate Change Policy in September 2012.