Panel discussion on climate change held at AWKUM

Our Correspondent

MARDAN: The Department of Environmental Sciences, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) organized a panel discussion on “The impact of Climate Change and its impact on different sectors” on Friday.

Participants from the academia, media and civil society were present at the occasion. The event was organized under the national campaign of Islamic Relief Pakistan through which the challenge of climate change is being addressed in partnership with the governments, academia and media.

Dr Dilawar Farhan, Chairman, Environmental Sciences, AWKUM, appreciated the effort of IRP for providing an opportunity to students to learn the development aspect of climate change and its impacts and ensured that collective efforts would be made for need based researches by students in line with the government priorities.

“There is a need for coordinated mechanisms with integrated researches driven by academia to reduce the climate impacts in sectors of vital importance for human survival and ensure consistency in policy and plans,” said Sarmad Iqbal, Advocacy and Campaign Specialist, Islamic Relief Pakistan.

The discussion also emphasized on how research driven by academia can play a critical role for providing the much needed support to the government and policy makers through piloting successful models. Providing a platform for students to engage and work closely with the relevant public institutes to support them for the research needed by the department for further strengthening the institutions.

The session was concluded with the commitment to equip and enable the students with the knowledge and skills, linking them with government departments for a collective and innovative response to the climatic changes taking place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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