Awareness seminar on climate change held

PESHAWAR: Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and Pakistan Humanitarian Organization Tuesday arranged an awareness seminar on climate change in Pakistan here at University of Peshawar (UoP).

Director Relief and Operations PDMA Abdul Basit told the participants that Pakistan like other countries of the world was facing brunt of climate changes from last one decade, adding that due to environmental changes the hot weather is increasing resulting in various natural calamities.

He said that PDMA has set up a special unit to cope with emergencies during natural calamities and has installed a modern forecast system to lessen the losses if any natural calamity hits.

He said that PDMA has started a month long awareness drive from 1st of October to create sensitize the masses regarding risks of climate changes.

On the occasion Director, Centre of Natural Calamities UoP Dr Noor Jehan told the participants that the university has started four year Bachelor degree programme besides offering Master, M.Phil and Ph.D with a special focus on early forecast system, capacity building, and preemptive measures to avert losses in case of natural calamities.

Director General FDMA Siraj ul Haq also highlighted the effects of environmental changes in the context of natural calamities.

Dean Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences and representatives of Pakistan Army TDP Secretariat, World Bank, UNHCR and over 50 NGOs participated in the seminar.

At the end various stalls were installed for the participants and special prayers were offered for departed souls and victims of October 8, 2005 earthquake.