ISLAMABAD (Khyber Mail): The Institute of Regional Studies hosted a stakeholder workshop to discuss climate resilience strategies under the PROVIDE project. Focusing on overshoot scenarios and their socio-economic impacts in regions worldwide, the project particularly highlighted the Upper Indus Basin in Pakistan, with a special focus on Islamabad.

Mr. Talha Tufail Bhatti, head of the climate change desk at IRS, welcomed participants, and Dr. Fahad Saeed, CEO of Weather and Climate Services (WCS), detailed the project’s objectives and expected outputs. Dr. Mariam Saleh Khan, COO of WCS, presented the Overshoot Proofing Methodology’s application to sectoral policies for improved adaptation. A case study on the National Adaptation Plan was presented by Khadija Irfan, a Research Associate at WCS.

Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz, President IRS, praised the workshop’s efforts and stakeholder feedback, emphasizing the urgency of climate action through data sharing and collaborative initiatives. Participants, including senior academicians, policymakers, practitioners, think tank representatives, and students, provided valuable localized feedback, contributing to informed policy development in Pakistan.

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