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10 Sep 2018 description

Summary

This framework document aims to introduce a proactive approach to assess adaptation needs and encourage timely adaptation. The idea behind this approach is that if an assessment shows that specific policies and practices of stakeholders are at risk of failure due to climate change, corrections are encouraged and losses or damages can be prevented. The approach focuses on identifying whether and when the performance of policies, management, and social-cultural practices drops below a decisive level due to climate change, and adaptation is required.

24 Jul 2018 description

Marwah Maqbool Malik of Oxford Policy Management introduces the Financing Framework for Resilient Growth and some lessons learned from its application in Pakistan.

18 Jul 2018 description

Preface

The last several years have been exciting and eventful for UNDP, as the organization repositions itself to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the demands of UN Member States to reform the UN development system. Both are about significant changes aimed at a new course for development, one that supports people and the planet, and that meets the challenges and opportunities of our complex, rapidly changing world.

15 Jul 2018 description

Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9 July 2018 – Today the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in partnership with UNDP, announced the country’s first provincial strategy for financing climate action. The Climate Change Financing Framework (CCFF), which serves as a road map for integrating climate change in public financial and economic management, represents one of the first government endorsed policies adopted at state-level in the world. Today’s launch in Peshawar follows the adoption of the country’s federal level CCFF in October 2017.

06 Jul 2018 description

5 July 2018, Islamabad – The Government of Pakistan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new US$37 million project today that will benefit more than 30 million people with scaled-up early warning systems, training on glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) preparedness and response, and the creation of new protective infrastructure.

03 Jul 2018 description
report World Bank

South Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change. Average temperatures have been rising throughout the region, and rainfall has become more erratic. These changes are projected to continue accruing over the coming decades. South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards is the first book of its kind to provide granular spatial analysis of the long-term impacts of changes in average temperature and precipitation on one of the world’s poorest regions.

11 Jun 2018 description

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The river flows have improved for now with river Kabul in high floods but drought-like conditions have already hit most parts of the country, affecting Kharif crops.

06 Jun 2018 description

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The drought-like conditions prevailing in the country since the start of the Kharif season two months ago showed early signs of fading on Monday as temperatures rose to the highest level in 10 years in the catchment areas.

The temperatures in Skardu increased suddenly to 32 degree Celsius — highest in 10 years — resulting in swift snow melting and increased river flows.

04 Jun 2018 description

By Jamal Shahid

ISLAMABAD: The Met Office on Sunday warned residents of Islamabad that the hot weather will last for more than a week.

“We are expecting a wind storm next week, but no rains to cool the temperature in Islamabad,” said Dr Ghulam Rasul, director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

He said the current prolonged intense dry heat spell as unusual and a possible impact of climate change.

30 May 2018 description

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: In a bid to overcome drought in some districts of the province, the Balochistan government has decided to use cloud seeding and artificial rain technology, a practice successfully used in drought-hit regions of the world.

Initially, the project will cater to needs of an area of 10,000 square kilometres in Gwadar district, where the catchment of four dams is located.

29 May 2018 description

By Nasir Jamal

LAHORE: Ijaz Ahmed Rao has just finished sowing cotton on his 60 acres in Bahawalnagar. He is now worried that an unusual heatwave, which has gripped the country for several days, may have devastating effect on his crop.

“If the present heatwave continues for a longer period, it would stunt or slow down plant growth. That means I’ll have to spend more on fertilisers to mitigate the impact of adverse weather on my crop,” he told _Dawn_ by telephone.

25 May 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2018 – The World Bank is committing $728 million through four projects to put Pakistan on the path of climate resilient development which will benefit millions of its citizens. These projects will protect the environment and improve the quality of life in cities while being engines of growth and promoting sustainable water management through efficient irrigation, robust weather forecasting and improved disaster preparedness.

25 May 2018 description

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

MARDAN, Pakistan, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Adil Khan's hopes for a good harvest are fading again this year as he inspects his orchard of apricot and loquat trees in the mountains of Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Usually, fruit in the five-acre family orchard is ready to pick only by the last week of May. But this year, and in other recent years since 2013, much of the harvest has ripened by mid-April – nearly a month ahead of schedule.

17 May 2018 description

Lt. General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA has directed Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GB-DMA) to constantly monitor the situation developing at Shimshal Valley, due to Khurdpind Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Risks. He said this while chairing a meeting here on Monday, to discuss the recommendations of the team of experts that visited the site of the Shimshal Valley to observe the situation in March this year. Chairman NDMA reiterated NDMA’s all possible support for GB-DMA in mitigating disasters and ensuring safety.

16 May 2018 description

New approach puts theory of Climate-Resilient Water Management into practice on the ground

  • Climate-driven water scarcity could reduce GDP growth rates in South Asia by as much as 6%.1

  • Climate change will increase water-stress through irregular rainfall patterns and increased incidence of floods and droughts.

  • The Action on Climate Today (ACT) programme has developed a conceptual framework that clearly distinguishes Climate Resilient Water Management (CRWM) from traditional approaches to water management.

16 May 2018 description

Key Messages

• Future climate projections for Pakistan show an increase in temperature throughout the country and a decrease in rainfall in the monsoon belt, which is mainly arid and semi-arid.
These changes will directly affect agricultural productivity and drive increasing numbers of people out of rural semi-arid areas, unless alternative economic opportunities are provided in villages.

16 May 2018 description

by Roshan Din Shad | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:08 GMT

With radios and better data, 'we will be able to respond to any disaster in the state more quickly and efficiently'

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When major floods hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in 2016, Jawad Hussain, a worker at the local government disaster agency, had to wait hours to receive updates on what kind of help was needed and where.