KARACHI: Karachi Urban Lab organized a seminar on climate crisis and security aspects in Pakistan at Institute of Business Administration’s main campus where experts observed that Pakistan is among the countries most affected by climate change.
Karachi in particular is among the cities most vulnerable to climate change.
Pakistan has a trifling contribution to global greenhouse emissions, however, there is clear evidence of its effects especially in low-lying areas of Karachi and in the Indus River Delta.
Water deprivation and its inaccessibility in rural and coastal regions have led to migration in other cities and towns, says Dr Nausheen H. Anwar KUL’s director. These are among the types of risks exposed to populations due to climate change, she explains.
Dr Nausheen further notes, there is increased pressure on cities like Karachi and even small towns like Manshera due to this.
Farhan Anwar, academic and exective member of NGO Shehri – CBE said that the per capita emissions of greenhouse gases in Pakistan were among the lowest in the world. Even so, Pakistan is ranked among the top 10 most affected by climate change.
“In a rapidly warming world, extreme storms that typically occur once per century could hit the world’s coastal cities at least once per year by 2050. By that time more than one billion people are projected to live in the low-lying areas that will be in the path of these storms. Karachi is 136th out of 140 cities in the context of vulnerability and liveability as 50 percent of the city’s population is living in informal and squatter settlements.”