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NDMA and IUCN sign MoU for Collaboration in Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Priorities in the Country

Islamabad, April 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 04th, 2018, in line with its agenda to implement a Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction approach inpreparing and responding to disasters, as well as early recovery.

Chairman NDMA, Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat and Country Representative of IUCN, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema signed the agreement.The MoU will facilitate collaborative initiatives between the two organizations in the following potential areas: Climate Change Adaptation, implementation of gender action plans (GAP) on climate change, knowledge management and research on studies in urban resilience and interventions for environmental education in schools. Moreover, IUCN will work onawareness raising and capacity building initiatives with NDMA.

Chairman NDMA, while speaking on the occasion, said that the MoU will serve as another milestone in NDMA’s efforts to ensure that we as a nation are protected and prepared for climate related challenges.Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema said that he welcomes this collaborative initiative and looks forward to strengthen the relationship between NDMA and IUCN for climate related disaster risk reductioninitiatives.

For more information, contact:
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office
1, Bath Island Road,
Karachi-75530
Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35861540
Fax: +92-21-35835760, +92-21-35761448, +92-21-35870287
Cell: +92-301-2931184
Email: george.sadiq@iucn.org
Website: www.iucn.org

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The IUCN Environment Cell, FATA celebrates the World Water Day and the International Day of Forests

Peshawar, March 22, 2018 (PPI-OT): The IUCN Environment Cell, FATA in collaboration of the line Departments of the FATA Secretariat organized an interactive session on World Water Day, around the 2018 theme of “Water and Nature” on 22 March 2018 to mark the day as an internationally significant day.

Representatives of Forests Sector FATA, Agriculture Extension and Research Directorate, Irrigation Directorate, Fisheries Directorate, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, FAO and IUCN team participated in the session. After presenting the global situation, facts and figures about the importance and issues of water wastage, the participants were asked to share their inputs highlighting the issues related to water in FATA and suggest possible solutions to overcome the issues in water sector. The participants’ inputs highlighted the issues of water correlated to various sectors.

While quoting a recent study conducted by IUCN Pakistan in the FATA region, Hameed Hasan, Team-Leader of the Environment Cell, FATA informed that overall water quality survey of the drinking water sources of FATA areas reveals that 97% samples were found unsafe mainly due to the presence of microbiological contaminations. Only 3% sources were found safe for drinking.

There is no concept of water treatment through chlorination even at the government level. All the water supply schemes were running without any monitoring and treatment. He also appreciated the generous funding by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation for the IUCN FATA Water Project and support by the FATA Secretariat officials.

He further said that the study also reveals that due to the conflict and violence, large parts of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) bordering Afghanistan are facing an acute water crisis with groundwater levels dropping fast. He stressed on the need for rehabilitation of the irrigation systems in FATA damaged due to War and Terror (Conflict) to make efficient use of the water resources.

International Day of Forests Celebration at Peshawar by IUCN

The International Day of Forests was celebrated on 21 March 2018 at Peshawar by IUCN Environment Cell, FATA along with the Forestry Sector of FATA to mark the International Day of Forests. An interactive and discussion session of the sectoral experts was arranged around the 2018 theme of the day “Forests and Sustainable Cities”.

During the session, expert opinions were brought in discussion, in the context of FATA, regarding importance of Forests in human life, Forests threats, issues and suggestions to mitigate threats to FATA forests. Conservation and development of FATA Forests was discussed in detail. Representatives of the FATA Forests, Production and Livelihood Department and IUCN attended the session. Participants gave their viewpoints regarding role of Forests in various sectors.

For more information, contact:
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office
1, Bath Island Road,
Karachi-75530
Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35861540
Fax: +92-21-35835760, +92-21-35761448, +92-21-35870287
Cell: +92-301-2931184
Email: george.sadiq@iucn.org
Website: www.iucn.org

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Training on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation organized by International Union for Conservation of Nature

Karachi, May 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):IUCN Pakistan organized a two-day training workshop in collaboration with HEJ/ International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Integrated Coastal Zone Management” from 24-25 May 2017 at University of Karachi. The participants were trained on managing ecological disasters and adapting to climate change so that they can apply and impart the knowledge in their respective areas.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative, IUCN Pakistan, sensitized the audience to the importance of the coastal ecosystem and mangroves and said that IUCN was committed to making communities disaster and climate resilient. He added that IUCN is “implementing the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme in Pakistan and currently has four Small Grants Projects being implemented in the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.” “MFF, he explained, works towards maintaining healthy ecosystems to secure livelihoods and increase resilience to natural hazards and climate change.”

Reflecting the growing concern about natural disasters and climate change in Pakistan, the workshop aimed at training participants from NGOs, academia and government officials working in the area of ecosystem management along the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

Dr. M Iqbal Choudhury, Director, HEJ/ICCBS, University of Karachi very graciously extended his support for hosting this training and to sharing knowledge with HEJ faculty members and students who joined on the second day. Mr. Ghulam Qadir Shah, National Coordinator, Mangroves for the Future Programme and Nadeem Mirbahar made their presentations focusing on Environment and Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dr. Naeem Shehzad of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) made a presentation on “Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Linking global environmental problems, sustainable development and disasters, Risk trends, DRR gap analysis in the Asia-Pacific and linkages to the environment.

For more information, contact:
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office
1, Bath Island Road,
Karachi-75530
Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35861540
Fax: +92-21-35835760, +92-21-35761448, +92-21-35870287
Cell: +92-301-2931184
Email: george.sadiq@iucn.org
Website: www.iucn.org

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