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International Workshop on “Climate Change and Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Asia-Pacific Region”

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A three-day International Workshop on “Climate Change and Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Asia-Pacific Region” was held on November 22-24, 2011, at the National Institute of Banking and Finance (NIBAF), Islamabad. The event was jointly organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and one of its Centres of Excellence in Pakistan, the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). The event had the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The workshop provided a forum to the researchers, scientists, government officials and students, from various developing and developed countries, especially from the Asia-Pacific region, to discuss the issues and challenges posed by climate change in planning and management of water resources. The four technical sessions of the workshop related to: Science of Climate Change; Water Resource Management; Earth Observations Technologies; and Climate Change and Water Resources Modeling.

The Inaugural Ceremony of the event was held on November 22, 2011. Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Rector CIIT, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the event and delivered the Inaugural Address. The distinguished guests at the Inaugural Ceremony included Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, Vice President of World Meteorological Organization; Dr. Shahina Tariq, Chairperson, Department of Meteorology, CIIT; Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS; and Dr. Amir H. Malik, HEC Foreign Professor at CIIT. Highlights of the ceremony included a message from the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, a special lecture on the theme of the workshop by Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, Introductory Remarks by Dr. Amir H. Malik and a Vote of Thanks by Dr. Shahina Tariq.

Considering information sharing vital for capacity-building, the Chief Guest welcomed the participants and hoped that the objectives of the workshop would be adequately achieved. In his message, the Executive Director COMSATS considered the countries of the South being at a greater risk due to their heavy reliance on climate-sensitive sectors, such as agriculture, livestock and fisheries. He stressed that the developing countries must remain conscious of such risks while formulating relevant policies and development projects. In his lecture, Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman discussed the formulation of Pakistan’s ‘National Climate Change Policy’ and ‘National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan’. In this context, he highlighted the key areas and sectors, and relevant policy measures.

The event covered a wide range of topics relating to climate change and water resource management that included: the generalized PV-view and their applications in the severe weather events; latitudinal precipitation characteristics; influence of global climate change on medicinal, aromatic and coastal plants; damage assessment and policy implementation; role of remote sensing and GIS; climate crisis and e-adaptation; C3 plant expansion by increasing CO2 concentration; impact of land-use change on precipitation pattern by using regional climate model Version-3 (RegCM3); relationship between climate change and socio-natural activities, etc. Presentations on these and other topics were made in the context of various countries of the region, including Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, China, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.

It was noted by the experts that the present concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is the highest in the history of the globe and has most likely been caused due to the industrial revolution and uncontrolled use of fossil fuels, land degradation and deforestation, principally, in the tropical rainforest regions. Emission of CO2 into the atmosphere to such an extent plays a significant deleterious role in the environment. The experts also noted that the dramatic shifts in weather can cause mass destruction and leave vast populations of the Asia-Pacific region amenable to large scale resettlement to higher ground. As opposed to the usual practice of water resource managers focusing only on surface water storage through large dams and barrages, an effective future strategy for water resource management was proposed that requires utilization of water from all sources/means including wet lands, link canals for inter transfer of water, rain harvesting (both rural and urban), village ponding and roof top storage, etc.

The event comprised of six invited lectures and twenty six presentations. About sixty local and foreign participants benefited from the training on these topics from 32 subject-experts belonging to 8 countries, China, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, Sudan, Germany and Bangladesh.

Upcoming Events

4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

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Climate-related natural disasters, emerging diseases, rapid growth of World population, and political and social conflicts poses growing threat to food security. These havocs have incapacitated the food availability chain ensuing hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. It is a debilitating fact that globally 815 million people, accounting 11% of the world population, were undernourished in 2016 (FAO 2017) wherein the third-world is bearing the brunt. This scenario, calls for more proactive, innovative yet sustainable approach for attaining and sustaining food self-sufficiency. Besides, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a call for action ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The rapidly pacing scientific advancements in the field of biotechnology can offer promising tools, techniques, methods and practices for enhancing agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resources in their best form for the future generations. Agriculture biotechnology – one of the arms of biotechnology – is the key to sustainable food systems, value-added crop production, improved nutrition and green economy.

Keeping in view the importance of above-mentioned issue, the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 12th – 13th November 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

Academicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers and implementers, and government officials working in the field of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology in the developing countries are encouraged to participate in this international Conference.


The key objectives of this international Conference are to:

  • Provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update their knowledge and share know-how on the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology;
  • Build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T organizations working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation;
  • Make recommendations to the policy-makers for developing policies and strategies in order to support biotechnology for food security in the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO.


Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to COMSATS and ISESCO, at the contact addresses given at the end of this announcement on or before Thursday, 1st October 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 30th October 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.


Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.



  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security


  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ismaïla DIALLO
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (ISESCO)
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12-13

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: (+92-51) 9204892, 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on Information
Technology (INIT)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006

Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.


Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.


The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.


The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.


The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.


Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209

Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day