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    November 11, 2016



Final sharing workshop on LAPA under the aegis of Inter cooperation held

By Zahiruddin

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 government.

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 administration.

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 basis.

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.


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