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Pakistan's climate change concerns and vulnerability

Pakistan is rated among the top 10 most effected countries to climate change as per independent international assessments such as that by GermanWatch, an NGO based in Germany. Listed below are the major climate change related concerns of the country and some recent examples of its vulnerability to climate change related extreme events:

Key exreme events in past:

  • Increasing extreme events over the last two decades;
  • Devastating super floods in 2010 and 2011 (about 2000 deaths, 20 million people homeless, $ 10 billion damages in 2010 alone);
  • Large scale flooding in 1992, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014;
  • Localized cloud burst causing urban flooding of Lahore (1996), Islamabad (2001) and Karachi (2009);
  • History's worst drought during 1999 - 2002; droughts in Thar area of Sindh and Cholistan area of southern Punjab in 2014;
  • Heat waves during 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 (53.7 °C);
  • Unprecedented cyclonic in 1999, 2007 and 2010.

Future vulnerability concerns:

  • April 19, 2022

We warmly welcome Ms. Sherry Rehman, Minister for Climate Change as the Chair of the GCISC’s Board of Governors and sincerely hope that her dynamic leadership will provide impetus to the Centre’s research efforts in making the country climate resilient.

GCISC in collaboration with GIZ and CITEPA organized National and Provincial Training Workshops on “M &E Platform Adaptation Tracking (Agriculture) in Pakistan” at Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad on 23-26 November 2021, Lexus Hotel, Lahore on 29-30 November 2021 and PC Hotel, Karachi on 2-3 December 2021.

GCISC Organized a workshop on "Monsoon Variability and Extremes in a Changing Climate" from October 12-14, 2021 at Margalla Hotel, Islamabad
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  • February 08, 2021

SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam inaugurated three inter-linked Nature Parks spreading over 18,000 acres of Parera, Ara...