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September 21, 2012 |  2 comments |  Print  Your Research  

Think Tank Analysis: Political Economy of Climate Change in Pakistan

Zulfiqar Shah: Pakistan’s Sindh region has witnessed the devastating impacts of climate change. The region now faces security problems due to increasing rural poverty, ethnic and demographic tensions, and internally displaced persons. Regional and federal policy needs to step in to prevent further conflict, food insecurity, and state failure.

The globally changing climate has had more catastrophic impacts on the Sindh region of Pakistan than on any coastal area of South Asia. The reduced rainfall and slowing of major water channels occurs alongside more intense and unpredictable flood seasons. The resulting conditions have hurt the region's biodiversity, resulting in the increased rarity of many species and the worsening of agricultural capabilities.

This ecological phenomenon has and will continue to create ethnic tensions amongst populations forced to migrate to the city and to other provinces and management problems for cities that lack the adequate infrastructure to support the exodus. The rural economy will continue to decline and consequently, poverty will rise. The situation challenges the governance of Pakistan, which already struggles with ethnic and demographic insecurity. This article recommends management initiatives at the federal and regional levels that include: increased research and development and a new legal and policy framework to deal with climate change and its reprecussions.

Zulfiqar Shah is a researcher, analyst, and activist. He is Executive Director at the Institute for Social Movements, Pakistan.

 
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September 21, 2012

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God Bless our Sindh.. . !
 
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October 9, 2012

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Dear Zulifqar Shah, my compliments for your contribution, concerns over the 'Political Economy of Climate Change in Pakistan', which won't see any change, until unless most of the corrupt political leadership is removed. Wish you could write something over the attitude, criminality of the feudal lords of Sindh, at the time of worst ever floods in the history of mankind, wish you could provide the names of those 'criminal wadayras', who for the sake of their own lands, turned the route of floods towards other areas, which resulted into more disastrous and causalities of human lives.

Of course Pakistan needs 'Climate Change', but that means 'Change of System', system of Status Quo should be replaced by 'real democracy', which since the independence couldn't take place !!!

The Hague, Netherlands
 

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