AKDN / FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance

Mandate / Aims for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience

2. Education
3. Health
4. Shelter Programme

Location of activity at Provincial Level

GB, KPK , Sindh

Location of  activity at District Level

Karachi, Upper an lower Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza, ghizer

Current Projects contributing to Climate Change

1. Community Education and Awareness

(The communities at high risk of climate induced hazards are provided training, education and awareness on responding to the climate extremes as well as taking adaptive measures.  This includes educating communities on flood management, torrential rains, snow avalanches, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), heat waves and other associated hazards.  FOCUS implements hazard management related projects on snow avalanche readiness, flash flood / flood management, heat wave management and disaster preparedness)

2. Rapid Assessments and Remote Hazards Mapping:

FOCUS Pakistan conducts regular assessments of glaciers, landslides, remote and glacial lakes to anticipate the risk of GLOFs and other climate induced hazards.  These assessments are conducted with local communities to ensure a community based monitoring system.  FOCUS Pakistan is currently monitoring 25 glaciers and 20 lakes in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) in addition to potential landslide sites.

3. Hazard Assessments, Mapping and Risk Mitigation:

Hazard specific assessments and maps are created for floods, flash floods and snow avalanches.  This also includes the remote sensing and modelling of glacier breaks, flood monitoring and triggering of snow avalanches.  In addition, the construction of flood protection walls and flood evacuation routes are implemented.

4. Advocacy, Research and Studies:

In order to better understand and integrate climate change induced hazards into its disaster risk management strategy, FOCUS Pakistan conducts social and scientific research on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities, and arranges seminars and conferences in collaboration with academic institutions and donors.  To date, two research studies on the Impact study of Climate Change in Gilgit and Chitral, 2010 and an Impact study of Climate Change in GBC, 2015 have been conducted.  In addition, four seminars have been arranged on the impact of climate change on mountain and coastal areas

5. Effective Natural Resource Management for Risk Reduction:

As part of the Climate Change Project, locals at the village level are also oriented with improved natural resource management.  This includes, effective water management, rotational grazing, and the promotion of plantation

Contact Person

Programme manager
Cell# 0302-8112648
Luke bostian
Director policy and Partnership
Cell# 0349-5315577

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