STAFF REPORT RWP: Employing efficient irrigation techniques, building small dams, developing risk management capability, timely water level assessment in rivers and effective early warning systems have been proposed at a recently concluded three-day training workshop held in Rawalpindi.

The training workshop on “Assessment of Climate Change Impact on a Watershed Hydrology and Hydrological Modeling in Cold Region Basins” organised by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in cooperation with the university of Tokyo, Japan.

“There are conflicting reports on rapid glacial melting. We need closer working relationships with other scientists of the region and detailed studies to understand it,” said Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, Secretary-General for Asia Pacific.

He said the recent floods in Pakistan could have been managed properly with timely and proper communication between the authorities in India and Pakistan.

APN representative of Pakistan, Dr Amir Ahmad, remarked that extreme events related to climate change were likely to increase and droughts and floods would be severe in future.

In his comments, Prof Dr Toshio Koike of the University of Tokyo stressed interaction between science community and the society to convey the knowledge to masses.

Dr Ghulam Rasul, chief meteorologist, PMD, said that without adaptations there was no other way to deal with the climate change. He said monsoons were getting stronger and erratic and the country was confronted with multiple challenges.

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