Action for Adaptation: Bringing Climate Change Science to Policy Makers


The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is home to a variety of ecosystems that provide goods and services to the people residing in its landscapes, watersheds, and within and around adjacent river basins. However, environmental changes in recent decades have increasingly altered ecosystem functions and, consequently, the delivery of ecosystem goods and services. These changes directly impact the livelihoods of millions of people residing in the region. At the same time, they threaten the resilience of both natural and human capacities, with high economic and social costs. 

The Upper Indus basin is one of the most significant river basins in the world in terms of human dependence, supporting more than 215 million people. A number of studies reveal that climate change and other drivers of change in the Upper Indus basin not only directly impact the region, but also greatly affect downstream areas. Despite ongoing efforts to understand the impacts of various drivers of change in the basin, there are still significant data gaps about this area, and not enough information is available to properly understand the possible impacts and appropriate adaptation measures specific to this region.

This conference aims to bring together different stakeholders to share key learning on the impacts of change in the region, as well as possible adaptation measures to sustain livelihood opportunities in the Upper Indus basin. The core objective of the conference is to bring together experts, researchers, policymakers, journalists, students, and practitioners dealing with climate change policies and livelihoods in the Upper Indus basin of Pakistan for a three-day dialogue on adaptation to change, with particular focus on climate change. 

Organized jointly by ICIMOD, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), the Ministry of Climate Change, WWF Pakistan, and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), the conference aims to boost engagement in climate change adaptation dialogue and policy processes in the Upper Indus basin of Pakistan. It will serve as a platform for sharing information and knowledge about climate change adaptation in the basin, and aims to foster rich dialogue and increase opportunities for networking and engagement. 

Primary objective

To share and exchange research findings and practices, share knowledge on local adaptation practices, and recommend possible measures and actions for long-term adaptation planning and policies in Pakistan to support adaptation to change, particularly in the Upper Indus basin. 

Specific objectives include:

  • Explore ways to institutionalize a platform for sharing knowledge on climate change-related policy, research, and practice in Pakistan in general, and the Upper Indus basin in particular
  • Create opportunities for networking and engagement with policy makers to support informed decision making
  • Share information and knowledge about climate change adaptation in the Upper Indus region
  • Identify mechanisms and approaches for including climate science in adaptation action


Experts, researchers, policymakers, journalists, students, and practitioners working on issues of change and adaptation