Pakistan, India need to join h and s on climate change

STAFF REPORT IBD: Since Pakistan and India common issues like climate change and food reserves, which may increase next year, they need to develop research agenda and adapt a unique approach of national disaster management. They work out a financing capacity that can deliver rapid humanitarian responses to vulnerable populations threatened by climate change.

Speakers expressed these views at a seminar titled “India-Pakistan Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy”, organised by SDPI in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS) in Islamabad.

Ram Kishan, Regional Emergency Manager South Asia, said that unfortunately, climate change increased migration and in the result, displacement of agricultural producers has implications for national food security. In this regard, an international mechanism is needed to address loss and damage and slow onset impacts on agriculture.

Pervaiz Amir, Senior Economist, ASIANICS, discussed the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity and energy security in Pakistan. He said that both countries are lacking institutional structures with poor ministerial links. However, civil society organizations, government institutions and policy makers should act decisively on the climate crisis.

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, while talking about the integrated gender in food security, said that Pakistan has cultural taboos where women are more inclined towards mal-nutrition. In her concluding remarks, Britta Peterson, Country Director, Heinrich Boll Stiftung thanked the participants. Further she anticipated to have concrete actions in the coming year and improve collaboration between the two countries.

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