Karachi, April 20, 2016

IUCN Pakistan organized a two-day training workshop in collaboration with HEJ/ International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Integrated Coastal Zone Management” from 24-25 May 2017 at University of Karachi.

The participants were trained on managing ecological disasters and adapting to climate change so that they can apply and impart the knowledge in their respective areas.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative, IUCN Pakistan, sensitized the audience to the importance of the coastal ecosystem and mangroves and said that IUCN was committed to making communities disaster and climate resilient. He added that IUCN is “implementing the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme in Pakistan and currently has four Small Grants Projects being implemented in the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.” “MFF, he explained, works towards maintaining healthy ecosystems to secure livelihoods and increase resilience to natural hazards and climate change.”

Reflecting the growing concern about natural disasters and climate change in Pakistan, the workshop aimed at training participants from NGOs, academia and government officials working in the area of ecosystem management along the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

Dr. M Iqbal Choudhury, Director, HEJ/ICCBS, University of Karachi very graciously extended his support for hosting this training and to sharing knowledge with HEJ faculty members and students who joined on the second day.

Mr. Ghulam Qadir Shah, National Coordinator, Mangroves for the Future Programme and Nadeem Mirbahar made their presentations focusing on Environment and Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dr. Naeem Shehzad of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) made a presentation on “Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Linking global environmental problems, sustainable development and disasters, Risk trends, DRR gap analysis in the Asia-Pacific and linkages to the environment.

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