Final sharing workshop on LAPA under the aegis of Inter
CHITRAL: Chitral happened to be the first district in the
province to have developed its local action plans for adaptation (LAPA)
as the district also ranked among the first five districts for
vulnerability to natural disasters due to its geographical location
and enormity of area.
Addressing the Final Sharing workshop on LAPA under the aegis of
Intercooperation (IC) Pakistan with the financial assistance of
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) here on
Thursday, its country director Dr. Arjumand Nizami said that the
slow disasters caused by climate change and global warming
inflicted loss on the area.
She said that LAPA was meant for the security, resilience,
preparedness as well as welfare of the vulnerable communities and
it is of immense importance to build the capacity of the government
and the people to take adaptive measures in the fields of water
resource management and agriculture.
She said that studies have been conducted on adaptation of
different vegetables and fruits which conformed to the climate
changes and the ways to put in place better water management system
to avoid its paucity.
Speaking on the occasion, Chitral DC Osama Ahmed Warraich said that
in Chitral, the phenomenon of climate change poses really and
horrendous issue which needed to be tackled and LAPA offered the
best possible solution in the form of providing guidelines to the
He said that LAPA will provide a road map to the government
agencies to take certain steps while planning and designing for
infrastructures to adapt to the effects of climate change and also
guide the farmers to cultivate certain cereal crops, vegetables and
raise fruit trees adaptive to the change in climate.
He stressed on elaborative sessions with different cross-sections
of the civil society to impart training to them on the theme of
adapting themselves to the changing scenario in the wake of global
warming and assured all out efforts on the part of district
The veteran climatologist Dr. Muhammad Hanif of Pak Met, while
speaking on the occasion, warned of drop in the yields of
agricultural crops, disappearance of glaciers and rising intensity
of storms which created food and water shortage due to the
phenomenal rise in global warming.
He said that over the decades, the monsoon had shifted to the upper
part of the country which included Chitral thereby making it more
prone to the hazards of flash floods and glacial lakes outburst
floods and all this prompted the district to take LAPA on urgent
Mr. Hanif elaborated on how the global warming takes place with a
discernible rise in temperature on yearly basis and the elongation
of summer season and shortening of winter and spring seasons.
On the occasion, the director of Intercooperation, Dr. Jawad Malik
said that with the technical support of Agricultural University,
Peshawar (AUP) and Pak Met, a centre of climate change has been
established in Peshawar which has helped to formulate the LAPA.
The academia of AUP consisting of Professor Dr. Muhammad Jamal and
Professor Dr. Muhammad Zulfiqar presented their papers on LAPA
while Dr. Fakhrud Din of Agriculture department and Amir Muhammad
of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance of Aga Khan Foundation also read
out their papers.