Environmentalists name G-B a ‘ticking bomb’

Experts say region is prone to various natural disasters.
The local weather change consultants consider Gilgit-Batistan is a “ticking bomb” as it’s susceptible to varied disasters. They pressured there was a necessity in G-B to adapt to local weather change if livelihoods needed to be stored intact. This was acknowledged at a workshop held at a resort to speak about points associated to local weather change and the setting.

Whereas talking on the workshop, World Vast Fund for Nature (WWF) G-B chief Dr Babar Khan mentioned adaptation was one of the best answer for mountainous areas reminiscent of G-B to keep away from the detrimental impression of local weather change.

Amid hazard

He mentioned there are 7,000 glaciers within the Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram ranges and local weather change fashioned one other 2,500 lakes round them.

“Of those 2,500 lakes, 52 are extremely harmful and should pose severe threats to the inhabitants downstream in case of a slight tremor,” he mentioned.

The workshop was organised by Worldwide Centre for Built-in Mountain Growth (ICIMOD) and WWF. Members included KIU professors, researchers, lecturers, forest division officers and journalists.

Babar mentioned knowledge from the previous 100 years steered temperature within the area had drastically elevated. “This led to shrinking of glaciers, and the general change in climate patterns has brought on a delay in snowfall and affected agricultural yield,” he added.

Results on creatures

ICIMOD Director Dr Jasra mentioned local weather change additionally disturbed the schedule of seasonal birds.

“The inhabitants of butterflies decreased drastically in G-B owing to local weather change within the area,” he added. “Birds and butterflies play a central function in pollination and their absence will disturb the ecosystem.”

The workshop was additionally addressed by G-B Forest, Wildlife and Atmosphere Secretary Sajjad Haider.