Country Director UNDP Ignacio Artaza visits Chitral
CHITRAL: The country director of United Nations Development
Program (UNDP), Ignacio Artaza has said that his organization will
help the district government in making the people resilient to
natural calamities to which the district was prone to as a
phenomenon of climate change.
Addressing the representatives of local communities hit by natural
hazards and a meeting with the head of district government
(district nazim) Maghfirat Shah here on Tuesday, he said that the
side by side with rehabilitation of the flood-ravaged physical
infrastructures, mass awareness was required to be instilled in the
locals by development of their capacity.
He said that UNDP has moved forward with this objective and will
provide the required resources while it was the prime
responsibility of the local communities to utilize them properly in
preparedness to cope with the situations emergent of natural
Mr. Artaza said that glacial lakes outburst floods (GLOF) posed the
greatest threat to the Northern areas of the country and responding
to the situation, projects were being launched by UNDP with the
financial assistance of Green Climate Fund in five districts of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said that Chitral was one of the five districts where GLOF
projects were being launched which hosted more than five hundred
glaciers out of which many had been declared as potential dangers
being at the verge of outburst.
He said that his organization had already executed a number of
projects in the district to rehabilitate the facilities which were
washed away by the floods last year.
Earlier, the district nazim Maghfirat Shah told the UNDP Pakistan
chief that the spate of natural disasters during the last eight
years has brought miseries to the people of Chitral which have
gained terrible momentum during the last two years and have washed
away physical infrastructures whose valued is estimated at 15
He said that the district faced the two-pronged snag of
rehabilitation of devastated infrastructures to bring life to
normal and making adaptation to face the natural disasters which
loomed large over the district.
Mr. Shah said that the district government was working in close
liaison with the civil society organization to meet the challenges
posed by the climate change phenomenon which were active and its
members were awakened to the situation and were capable to handling
it and judicious utilization of resources.
The representatives of disaster prone communities appreciated the
efforts of the district government in its efforts to help them
prepare for the disasters which threatened them in different forms
including GLOF, flash floods, cloud bursts and land sliding and
expressed their gratitude over launching projects.
Later on, accompanied by assistant country director of UNDP,
Amanullah and first secretary of Royal Embassy of Norway in
Islamabad, Mr. Tom, he visited a number of flood-hit villages in
the outskirts of Chitral city and had a discussion with the
The inspected the projects executed by Hashoo Foundation funded by
UNDP and the government of Norway in Zargarandeh, Hone and Ochusht
villages which were aimed at protecting the villages from flash
floods in future in the form of bulwark.