Climate change adaptation crucial to whole South Asia region: Zahid

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Islamabad—The adaptation to climate change is of crucial importance to the whole South Asian region, home to over a billion people, where many people are living below the poverty line.
This was stated by Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in a side event, organized on the theme ‘Adaptation to Climate Change: National and Sub-national Coherence, Coordination and Cooperation at Regional Level.’ The event organised by Government of Pakistan, South Asia Cooperation Environment Programme, and Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development was chaired by the Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, a press release issued here said.
He said that apart from its dense population, the South Asian region is also one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world. It has faced a multitude of climate-induced disasters ranging from glacial melt, sea level rise, drought, cyclones and shifts in rain patterns, especially the monsoon rains. These disasters are not only serious threats to food and water security but they also displace the residents, creating the problem of climate refugees.
‘The adverse effects of climate change are of immense concern to Pakistan. Pakistan contributes less than 1% to total annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, it is ranked amongst the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate change’, the minister informed the participants. He highlighted that Pakistan today faced several major risks related to climate change, including glacial melt, variable monsoons, recurrent floods, sea-water intrusion, higher average temperatures and higher frequency of droughts. Millions of people are affected and colossal damage is caused on recurring basis.
‘These threats pose major survival concerns for Pakistan, particularly in relation to the country’s water security, food security and energy security and have enormous adverse consequences for all socio-economic sectors,’ he said.—APP

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