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Pakistan

Dalbandin Seminar

Venue: YTD

Time: YTD

December 21, 2023

Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in District Chagai, Balochistan

District Chagai, nestled in Balochistan, Pakistan, confronts distinctive climate change impacts. Its arid terrain and desert climate magnify environmental vulnerabilities. Rising temperatures accentuate heatwaves, jeopardizing health and agriculture. Prolonged droughts impede water availability, straining pastoralist and agricultural livelihoods. Erratic rainfall patterns disrupt traditional farming calendars, intensifying food security concerns for a largely agrarian population.

Chagai’s proximity to the Afghan border and historical nomadic lifestyles amplify climate-induced migration. Glacial melt from nearby mountain ranges fluctuates river flows, impacting irrigation. The region’s remoteness poses challenges to infrastructure development and access to services, exacerbating climate-related risks. Addressing these issues requires tailored strategies: water conservation techniques like rainwater harvesting, drought-resistant crop varieties, and capacity-building for local communities to adapt and diversify livelihoods.

Collaborative efforts among government, non-governmental organizations, and communities are vital to formulate policies that integrate traditional knowledge with modern science. Encouraging sustainable land use practices, promoting renewable energy adoption, and enhancing disaster preparedness can bolster resilience. The situation in District Chagai underscores the need for localized solutions to combat the complex interplay between climate change, socio-economic factors, and geographic isolation.

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