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Life after Death: Looking at Adaptation in Mountains After 2005 Earthquake

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

Noreen Haider: It has been more than six years when the Northern areas of Pakistan were hit by one of the most devastating earthquake in the history of the region. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and within the very few first seconds created an unimaginable devastation in an area of more than

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A Little Piece Of Heaven-The Naran Valley

Nov 21st, 2011 | By

Noreen Haider: Writes from her visit to the beautiful Naran valley of Khyber Pakhtunkwa province in Pakistan, where she observes various dimensions of social and environment development. Noreen came across various developmental projects and activities in the region and finds that poor education and poorly planned social and environmental projects lead to acute poverty natural

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Whose Flood Is It Anyway!

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
Flood Pakistan-centre dome

Noreen Haider: On the night of eighth September 2011 unusual amount rain started lashing the districts of southern Sindh including Badin, Mithi, Mirpur Khas and Saanghar and continued unrelentingly for the next two days before it took a break. Its immediate effect was that large areas became inundated and communication was broken down.  The rain

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Land Of Yellow Moon

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
gilgit batlistan

Noreen Haider: Nature strikes with mind blowing force at the most pristine of places and with no compassion for people or property. The Hunza Valley of Gilgit Batlistan, a paradise on earth, turned into a chaos with a catastrophic land slide. Noreen makes a personal connection in this passionate essay with suffering of her childhood

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River Returns- The Harbinger Of Prosperity

Sep 8th, 2011 | By
Photo Credit: Matthew Herschmann

Noreen Haider: It was an amazing sight for me as I reached Kasur District on the Indo Pak border.  After fifteen years the gorgeous River Sutlej had returned, full force, to run in its native course with around eighty thousands cusecs of water flowing in its bed. For most people in Kasur this Sutlej was

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Our Waterways: Learning from Failure in Mountains!

Aug 10th, 2011 | By
Ms. Noreen Haider

Noreen Haider: Disaster are far more dependent on the processes surrounding vulnerability, including asset depletion, deforestation, soil erosion, population growth, poor planning, coping capacities of population, climate change, bad governance and corruption to state a few. The flood effectively proved once again that unless Risk Reduction strategies are incorporated in the overall planning at the

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A Fable of Siamese Twins

Jul 31st, 2011 | By
Ms. Noreen Haider

Noreen Haider: The rivers more than any other physical feature demonstrate how nature knows no boundaries. The rivers are the lifeline of civilizations, custodians of cultures, song, music, dance, food, dress and poetry. Rivers are like the eternal guardians of cities, of cultivation and growth, of sustenance and hope, of joys and sorrow, of ebb

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