Climate change is an issue that is being addressed at every level of government and society these days. International agreements are in negotiation; federal, provincial/state and local government studies are being conducted to devise different response strategies. In developing countries, such as Pakistan, climate change creates a serious challenge to its social, environmental and economic progress.
The inhabitants in Pakistan, like many other developing countries, are considered ‘vulnerable’ to the impacts of climate change. The rapid changes in the climate (e.g. temperature/precipitation) present a challenge to develop climate change adaptation mechanisms for Pakistan.
The purpose of this paper is to review the climate variability in Pakistan, and to find the best possible adaptation actions for reducing the vulnerability of its population from the climatic hazards.
The paper finds that the implementation of different bottom-up adaptation strategies, primarily at the local government level, could reduce the vulnerability of Pakistani population from climatic hazards.
The paper provides valuable information to getting insight into the formulation of climate change adaptation mechanisms for Pakistan.
|Keywords:||Pakistan, Climate Change, Impacts, Adaptation, Response Mechanisms|
PhD Candidate, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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