International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Wraps Up with Calls for Urgent Action

The Quaid-i-Azam University hosted the three-day International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Risk, which was organized by the China-Pakistan Joint Research Centre on Earth Sciences (CPJRC), the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the Pakistan Academy of Science (PAS), and the International Association for Hydro-Environmental Engineering and Research.

The conference’s goals were

  • To examine how climate change affects natural disasters,
  • To lower the risk of disaster
  • To increase public awareness of disaster mitigation and prevention.

Muhammad Qasim Jan, Caretaker Minister for Higher Education, emphasized the value of energy conservation during his speech at the closing ceremony.

The situation will worsen in the future due to rising temperatures and ocean surface levels,” he said. It’s time to influence decision-makers and the general public to switch to renewable energy sources.

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Dr. Mumtaz Shah, the Project Director of the CPJRC and Chairperson of the Department of Earth Sciences, stated that climate change has become a global worry as it has been making natural disasters worse in recent years.

One such instance is the extraordinary flood that occurred in Pakistan in 2022. “To address the issue, global collaboration is imperative, as it is a worldwide phenomenon.”

According to Dr. Mumtaz Shah, Quaid-i-Azam University’s Pakistan Joint Research Centre on Earth Sciences (CPJRC) would provide a forum for cooperative study and research in the areas of disaster risk reduction and climate change.

Natural catastrophes, according to the experts, are a prevalent problem for humanity today and have a disastrous effect on property, human life, and sustainable development. 125 presenters and 14 keynote speakers presented state-of-the-art research on the subject over the three-day conference.

Many academics, students, scholars, government representatives, and policymakers attended the meeting.

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