Climate Change Impacts: Adaptation Challenges for Pakistan

By Saleem Janjua.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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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

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.819MB).

Saleem Janjua

PhD Candidate, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mr. Muhammad Saleem Janjua is a PhD candidate as well as Editor of AdaptNet with the RMIT University, Australia, http://gc.nautilus.org/author/msjanjua1, http://www.globalcollab.org/gci/adaptnet/. Previously, he has worked with the UNIDO (researcher) and Pakistan's EPA. He has written a number of research papers / conference papers. His research interest has three inter-related foci: integration of coastal climate change adaptation and development objectives in developing economies of Asia; policies for sustainable development; and environmental protection issues. The title of his proposed PhD is ‘Opportunities for Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries - A Case Study of Local Governments in Pakistan’.

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