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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.

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

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BACKGROUND

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.

INTRODUCTION

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.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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.

FORMAT

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.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

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
Email: farhan@comsats.org

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