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Mitigate we Might, Adapt we Must!– Climate Change, Water and Food Security in Pakistan

Come explore some of the work being done to address the need to adapt to a changing climate and an increasingly uncertain future!

Date: April 25, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Venue: A16 (nearest entry point, Main entrance, Academic Block, LUMS)

Speakers:

Contextualizing Climate Change: The Pakistani Perspective on a Global Problem
Dr. Adil Najam – Former Vice Chancellor of LUMS, Professor of Earth and Environment, Boston University

Food Security: Autonomous adaptation among farming households
Dr. Ben Groom – Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science

Mitigating Risk and Uncertainty in Water Management: A data driven approach
Dr. Abubakr Muhammad and Dr. Naveed ul Hassan –School of Science and Engineering, LUMS

Climate, Food and Water policy – Who calls the shots post-18th Amendment?
Mr. Ahmad Rafay Alam – Environmental Activist and Advocate of the High Court.

Vulnerability to extreme weather events: The role of socioeconomic status and social relations
Dr. Hadia Majid – School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS

Relating academic interests to Climate Change research: The student perspective
Mr. Ammad Rehmat – Department of Electrical Engineering

 

Background

Changing patterns of temperature and precipitation are the instruments through which Climate Change impacts the world. Pakistan’s contribution to global carbon emissions is 0.8%, yet it was ranked among the top 3 countries most impacted by extreme weather events in 2012. It is among the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change

In the previous two decades, Pakistan has suffered average losses of $2 Billion per year on account of extreme weather events linked to climate change. Persistent drought conditions in districts such as Tharparkar is only beginning to confirm the fear that Pakistan is crossing the line between water stressed and water scarce.

At a global level, it is projected that by 2050 even a perfectly equitable distribution of the world’s food production would not be able to satisfy nutritional requirements

It was said over a decade ago, but it rings true for Pakistan now more than ever: Mitigate we might, Adapt we must!