Kaira for re­gional co­op­er­a­tion to man­age cli­mate change, risks

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Qa­mar Za­man Kaira said on Thurs­day that Pak­istan re­al­izes that manag­ing cli­mate change and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing risks were not pos­si­ble with­out re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­nated ef­forts.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing on "En­gag­ing SAARC for Dis­as­ter Re­silience" here he said that dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion needs to be a pri­or­ity for all the coun­tries of the re­gion to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and hap­pi­ness of our peo­ple.

He said it was an es­tab­lished fact that re­cur­rent dis­as­ters are par­tic­u­larly af­fect­ing the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries be­cause of their less fo­cus on dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion, pre­pared­ness, ca­pac­ity to adapt, lack of re­sources and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. As far as adaptation to cli­mate change is con­cerned there is a clear un­der­stand­ing and recog­ni­tion of the need that the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries have to work to­gether to adapt to the chal­lenges posed by these dis­as­ters due to cli­mate change phe­nom­e­non, he added. There­fore, in or­der to be bet­ter pre­pared we need to strate­gize cli­mate change adaptation on re­gional can­vas, said Kaira. "We should strive to­gether to equip our­selves with the nec­es­sary tools to adapt to such chal­lenges",said the min­is­ter.

Timely ac­tion,he said, on both the fronts i.e. risks mit­i­ga­tion and adaptation could only pre­vent the loss of hu­man lives & prop­erty and save the eco­nomic re­sources for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. "Cli­mate change is per­haps the great­est threat that the peo­ple liv­ing in Hi­malayan re­gion face",Kaira said adding chang­ing cli­mate is mak­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, es­pe­cially floods, less pre­dictable and more de­struc­tive.

He said we have a com­mon nat­u­ral her­itage of moun­tains, river basins and mon­soons and na­ture now seems to be ask­ing us to pull to­gether our com­mon knowl­edge and re­sources to ne­go­ti­ate with com­mon dis­as­ters.

He said the meet­ing on "En­gag­ing SAARC for Dis­as­ter Re­silience" is great op­por­tu­nity for mem­ber coun­tries to de­velop a com­mon pool of knowl­edge and skills, and in the de­vel­op­ment of na­tional and re­gional strate­gies to ne­go­ti­ate a prob­lem that has been cost­ing them dearly in re­cent years.

The min­is­ter hoped that the de­lib­er­a­tions at the meet­ing would greatly help all of us to take a right course of ac­tion to pro­tect the poor com­mu­ni­ties vul­ner­a­ble to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in our coun­tries.

Kaira also hoped that the meet­ing would come up with a work­able plan for dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment by adapt­ing a holis­tic and multi-stake­holder ap­proach.

By do­ing so the re­gional coun­tries would cer­tainly con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to­wards sav­ing our poor and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from fu­ture dis­as­ters and aug­ment the na­tional level ef­forts be­ing made by all mem­ber states for im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­gional obli­ga­tions es­pe­cially un­der SAARC Com­pre­hen­sive Frame­work on Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment. On be­half of the Pak­istani Gov­ern­ment,he ex­pressed strong po­lit­i­cal re­solve and com­mit­ment to ex­tend all pos­si­ble sup­port and fa­cil­i­ta­tion for smooth ex­e­cu­tion of the re­gional level plans to help re­al­iz­ing our com­mon goal of build­ing re­silience of South Asia to­wards nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

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