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26 Apr 2018 description

An article by: Arne Siegmund

The three highest mountain ranges on earth meet in northern Pakistan. There are more than 7,000 glaciers here. Many of these are retreating as a result of climate change. This has far-reaching consequences. Dr Parvaiz Naim, KfW’s coordinator for the energy sector in Pakistan, explains how a glacier monitoring system aims to give people early warning of flooding from meltwater and heavy rainfall.

26 Apr 2018 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (25 April 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, and German development cooperation through KfW joined the Government of Pakistan and other partners today to discuss strategies for disaster risk financing in Pakistan.

20 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

A World Bank Spring Meetings panel discussed concrete climate actions and adaptation strategies to build a more climate-resilient South Asia.

Last summer’s monsoon hit South Asia particularly hard and left nearly 1,400 people dead and displaced millions of others.

In the last sixty years, such weather extremes have become more common in the subcontinent and, without urgent action to limit carbon emissions, their impact on communities will likely get worse.

06 Apr 2018 description

This short report presents a selection of the key findings, achievements and lessons learned from the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) over the period 2012– 2017. A more comprehensive overview of all of HICAP’s work is provided in the annual programme reports. This summary report focuses on selected HICAP approaches to science, action research, pilot activities, and communications and outreach. In doing so, we aim to highlight:

06 Apr 2018 description

Islamabad,April 04th, 2018:

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 04th, 2018, in line with its agenda to implement a Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction approach in preparing and responding to disasters, as well as early recovery.

Chairman NDMA, Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat and Country Representative of IUCN, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema signed the agreement.

04 Apr 2018 description

Building on collaborations on disaster management in Gilgit Baltistan in 2017, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GB-DMA), and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) have reinforced their commitment to improve disaster risk management in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, by joining hands to develop the Disaster Risk Management Plan of Gilgit Baltistan.

04 Apr 2018 description
report Frontier Post

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan issued a statement regarding heat wave. He said that I want to take this opportunity to elucidate the issue pertaining to severe heat wave incidents. Heat-wave is a prevalent climate related natural hazard. Heat-waves are understood as unusual period of hot and humid or hot and dry conditions which prevail from three to five day during a summer season.

03 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• GoP extends legal status for Afghan refugees through June 2018

• Humanitarian NGOs continue operations while awaiting registration decisions from the GoP

• USG responds to needs of vulnerable IDPs, returnees in FATA and KPk

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Mar 2018 description

A Team of Experts constituted by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has visited the Khurdopin Glacier, Shimshal Valley today to observe the situation on the site. In a meeting last week chaired by Lt. General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA, it was decided that Team of Experts would visit Shimshal Valley and submit the report to the Chairman NDMA by early next month. Member Operations NDMA, Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed is leading the team.

30 Mar 2018 description

The meeting was attended by the Leader of Opposition in National Assembly, Leader of Opposition in Senate, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Defence, Foreign Minister, Minister for National Food Security and Research, Minister for Water Resources, Advisor to PM for Finance, MoS for Information, Broadcasting, NH&LH, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Prime Minister AJK, Minister for Disaster Management Punjab, Minister for Rehabilitation Sindh, Chairman NDMA and senior officials.

29 Mar 2018 description

This Regional Briefing on Asia- Pacific National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) aims to provide a brief overview of the NAP experiences of middle-income countries in the Asia and Pacific region (excluding Central Asia), and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.

In brief

  • Many countries in Asia-Pacific have institutional arrangements in place for climate change adaptation, providing highlevel support and institutional coordination.

28 Mar 2018 description

After 2015, authorities proposed and implemented strategies to manage the effects of heatwaves. But are they enough?

By Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Summer has only just begun but most parts of Karachi have already started to bake.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned citizens to brace themselves for temperatures that are likely to be more than one degree Celsius above average.

This, however, will hardly be the first heatwave to hit the city.

In 2015, 'an unending queue of corpses'

23 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meteorological and hydrological services – hydromet – play a vital role in mitigating the impacts of weather and climate extremes

  • Hydromet is not only about early warning systems, but also giving countries, regions, communities, and individuals weather information and reliable predictions to make informed decisions for many sectors of the economy – from agriculture to logistics to hydropower, and many more

03 Mar 2018 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to go for advanced mechanism to diagnose poliovirus and determine its area of origin.

Not only advanced machinery will be purchased but staff will also be trained in using it.

National Coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Centre for polio eradication Dr Rana Mohammad Safdar while talking to Dawn said diagnosis of poliovirus was increasingly becoming difficult as the virus has been decreasing in Pakistan.

Japan to provide $3.2m for procurement of new equipment

26 Feb 2018 description

Islamabad, 23rd February, 2018: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) launched first ever National Roster on Surge Emergency Response Team (SERT) here on Friday with cooperation of National Humanitarian Network (NHN) Pakistan and Actionaid Pakistan. Lt. General (Retd.) Nadeem Ahmed, Former Chairman NDMA, was the Chief Guest at the launching ceremony of the Roster.

22 Feb 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

This issue of Knowledge Matters starts with an overview of how Concern understands community resilience and goes on to share learning emerging from its programmes across the drylands of the Sahel and East Africa including Chad, Sudan, Niger, Kenya and Somalia as well as the more flood and earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It shares new programme models and tools being used by Concern such as the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Surge Approach and the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool.