Annual Report 2015: Policy engagement

Pakistan Conference Brings Climate Change Science to Policy Makers 

The Upper Indus River basin supports over 215 million people, so knowing how it’s impacted by climate change is pivotal to effective policy making in Pakistan. That means finding ways to bridge the gap between areas of knowledge – research, practice, and policy – so that knowledge can be shared and translated into useful action.
More than 100 researchers, practitioners, journalists, and high-level policy makers explored how to make that happen during a three-day conference, ‘Action for Adaptation: Bringing Climate Change Science to Policy Makers’.
Participants exchanged knowledge, strengthened networks, and engaged in discussions that led to recommendations on issues such as flood zoning, environmental protection, contextspecific adaptation strategies, and the importance of strong representation by women, particularly in this era of male outmigration when women play key roles in farming and resource management.
Even as the July conference took place, floods swept through five provinces in the Upper Indus River basin, affecting around 800,000 people and underscoring the need for Pakistan’s institutions and decision makers to share expertise to address the impacts of climate change.

People say, ‘Before I protect the environment I need food.’ If you do not protect the environment, you will not have water. If you do not protect the environment, you will not have food.  
Farzana Yaqoob, Minister of Women Development and Social Welfare, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan