National Experts’ Symposium on Ecosystem Based Adaptation in Pakistan

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Guests of honour addressing to participants  

ICIMOD, in collaboration with the Mountain Agricultural Research Centre and WWF-Pakistan, organized a two-day ‘National Experts’ Symposium on Ecosystem Based Adaptation: Practices, Challenges and Opportunities in Pakistan’ from 15–16 December 2015 in Islamabad under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). The purpose of the event was to share case studies and experiences of ecosystem based adaptation (EbA) approaches to identify key learning and recommendations for the mainstreaming of EbA in policies and practices in Pakistan. 

The symposium brought together almost 45 stakeholders including experts, researchers, policy makers, journalists, students, and practitioners dealing with EbA policies in the context of changing climate and livelihoods in the mountains and plains of Pakistan to present 20 best practices on EbA. Participants in the panel discussion emphasized the need for cross learning and to understand traditional knowledge on EbA, as well as to strengthen the database and information in Hindu Kush Himalayas. 

 In her inaugural remarks, Ms Farzana Yaqoob, Minister of Social Welfare and Women Development for Azad Jammu and Kashmir, highlighted the need to streamline nature-based approaches in overall development planning. Other speakers included Mr Moazzam Ali Shah, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Dr Nadeem Amjad, Chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Bishwa Nath Oli, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal, and Dr Wu Ning, Theme Leader, Ecosystem Services at ICIMOD.

During the technical sessions, experts from provincial government departments and various organizations shared their scientific and local knowledge on ecosystem-based adaptation measures and the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, food security, and livelihoods. During the discussion session, experts identified the key action points for better adaptation in the future. It was concluded that the implementation of adaptation strategies for climate change is not effective without mainstreaming the resilience activities of vulnerable communities. The symposium was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Sher Ahmed, Director of the Mountain Agricultural Research Centre.