Daily Times: The Climate Change and Vulnerability Adaptation Assessment for Capital residents will be finalised by the end of December to make Islamabad a model resilient city against emerging climatic challenges.
Officials at Climate Change Division informed APP that the initiative has been launched as part of the government efforts to equip Pakistani cities with facilities and a roadmap to cope with situation emerging out of the changing weather patterns and rising temperature.
The Climate Change and Vulnerability Adaptation Assessment initiative was launched by the Climate Change Division, in pursuance of the Cabinet’s decision for making Islamabad a model Climate Resilient City.
This initiative was planned in line with the National Climate Change Policy, prepared by the Climate Change Division and launched last year in February.
UN-Habitat, through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) is supporting local governments across the globe to more readily respond to the climatic threats faced by cities and their populations (building Climate Resilience). CCCI is now active in 41 cities, with Islamabad being the latest addition.
According to the official, different government departments, the UN-Habitat and private sector organisations will be contributing to prepare the Assessment plan with their expertise as well as physical and financial support.
As part of the process, the first city consultation workshop was held couple of days back to assess the capacity of the city administration of Islamabad and Islamabad Capital Territory to deal with Climate Change.
Experts and town planners are working on city’s development and challenges faced by current administration with a focus on anthropogenic factors that are contributing to Climate Change.
Issues of water management, land use and informal settlement along the natural water courses, the built environment and transportation will be other factors under discussion to know effects of heat island and emission of Green House Gas (GHG).
These experts have also been underlining the need for assessment of the vulnerability of the dwellers of cities to Climate Change impacts in the backdrop of an initiative launched last month to assess vulnerability of Isoolites to the phenomenon and prepare for the related challenges. The UN-Habitat has also laid emphasis on importance of this assessment to help cities better prepare to respond to the climate related challenges and extended support to the government for developing climate change vulnerability assessment.
The official stated that city’s authorities Capital Development Authority (CDA), Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and CADD will be dispensing their duties within their mandate and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Global Climate Institute Studies Centre (GCISC) and SUPARCO will provide their research and analysis for the vulnerability assessments. SUPARCO has already provided the heat island study conducted for Islamabad.
He said as per the roadmap agreed with the stakeholders, a consultation process has been initiated to further look into each organisation set-up and mechanisms of planning on way to finalisation of Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment.
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