PARTNER CONSULTATION ON
SG 1: Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks
Action Area A: Managing Cryosphere and Water Risk
04 July 2023 to 05 July 2023
Organised by: Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) – Government of Pakistan and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
This consultation meeting will bring together key institutions in Pakistan working on cryosphere assessment, river basin management, and climate change and disaster risk reduction. During the meeting, we will brief our partner institutions on our new Strategy 2030 and Medium-Term Action Plan (MTAP) V (2023–2026) and produce joint work plans to further strengthen collaboration and partnership.
The event is being organised by Action Area A: Managing Cryosphere and Water Risks under Strategic Group 1: Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks, and supported by the governments of Norway and Switzerland.
This consultation will include representatives from national institutions related to water resource management and disaster risk preparedness, as well as sectoral subject specialists in water, cryosphere, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk preparedness.
ICIMOD has developed a new roadmap in the form of our Strategy 2030 and MTAP V (2023–2026) to enhance cooperation and collaboration for a greener, more inclusive, and climate-resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). With this new direction, we are embarking on a new four-year cycle, committed to driving policy and practice. For this, we aim to deploy our position as a leading regional intergovernmental knowledge and learning centre to catalyse necessary transitions in policy, action, and investment. Ownership by all HKH countries is critical for our work to remain relevant and effective.
Pakistan has an extensive area under cryosphere coverage and is particularly vulnerable to cryosphere- and water-related hazards. Together with our key government partners, we will focus our efforts on climate and environment policies and plans. This work will be carried out within our Strategic Group 1: Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks, which aims at addressing the increasing risk of natural hazards in the HKH region – many of which are transboundary. Action Area A: Managing Cryosphere and Water Risks (under Strategic Group 1) will address cryosphere- and water-related risks that are increasing in intensity and complexity.
All timings are in Pakistan Standard Time (PKT).
Facilitator: Faisal Mueen Qamer, Remote Sensing Specialist, ICIMOD
Tilawat (recitation) of the Quran Majeed
Welcome remarks – Muhammad Ismail, Country Rep. Pakistan/Ecosystem Specialist, ICIMOD
Workshop objectives – Faisal Mueen Qamer, ICIMOD
Opening remarks – Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR
Introduction to ICIMOD’s MTAP V and Strategic Group 1 – Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Strategic Group Lead, SG 1: Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks, ICIMOD
Introduction to ICIMOD’s Action Area A – Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Action Area Coordinator, AA-A: Managing Cryosphere and Water Risks, ICIMOD
Facilitator: Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD
Upper Indus Basin Network – Pakistan Council of Research and Water Resources
Group work on identifying key areas of work, complementarities with lead national institutions and collaborating mechanism for each of the three interventions areas including:
Facilitator: Sher Muhammed, ICIMOD
Introductory presentations (10 min each):
Suggested group division: glacier, snow, permafrost, GLOFs and/or cryosphere hazards, cryosphere and ecosystems, cryosphere and society
Discussion: Group work and feedback
HKH CryoHub: A community of practice for cryosphere research and activities in the HKH – Chimi Seldon, Communications Officer, ICIMOD
Developing a regional cryosphere research synthesis strategy – Sher Muhammad, ICIMOD