University of Utah contributes expertise to Science-Policy Conference on Climate Change in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The challenges it faces include how to cope with rising temperatures, more extreme weather events, extended droughts, floods, rising sea levels, and the potential for regional conflict over water and other natural resources.

On December 18-20, in Islamabad, Pakistan, the University of Utah will be contributing to the planning and convening of a conference addressing the impact of climate change on the region. The goal of the conference is to bring together key stakeholders to deliberate on Pakistan’s future development in the context of climate change. Topics to be addressed include: water and food security; public policy, governance, and conflict resolution; biodiversity and protecting vulnerable ecosystems; and disaster preparedness and mitigation.

The conference aims at improving scientific understanding, and to inform and develop innovative public policy recommendations. The forum will also provide an opportunity to promote coordination and to share knowledge of the best practices and adaptation strategies in confronting climate change, specifically the capacity building of national institutions and experts.

The event is being organized by the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the University of Utah, Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, and Pakistan’s GCISC/Ministry of Climate Change.

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