In a shocking report, it has emerged that Pakistan is left with “one month of water supply” on hand. According to a 2013 report from the Asian Development Bank, 80 percent of Pakistan’s agriculture relies on irrigation from the overstressed water system. Pakistan’s average temperature is likely to increase around 3 degrees Celsius within the next 50 years, that’s why people, especially in rural areas, have already started migrating out of the country for these reasons.
Another worrisome news is for those whose major source of income comes from timber industry, because deforestation is a major problem. The report says that Pakistan manages to retain only two and five percent of its tree cover. With high population, timber mafia and flooding due to deforestation, Pakistan has lot of major challenges before combating the climate change woes. In December last year, the World Bank gave Pakistan nearly $4 million to study deforestation and how to address it.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>