Friday 4 March, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Shangri-La

This session aims to highlight real action in the field to deal with the impact of climate change. Scientists and researchers engage themselves in exploring the dynamics of climate change and how these changes are going to impact globally. Policies are formed at the highest strategic level and are often full of promises and commitments to achieve change goals. For a farmer down in the field however, the question remains very practical: I know something is gravely changing but what should I do?

This session brings four seeds of change which are aimed to address such questions in Pakistani and Nepali contexts, and it is believed that these will provoke thinking on four fronts: (1) How does the right assessment of hazards and vulnerability risks lead to appropriate decision-making on DRR?; (2) What is integrated water management in practice? How to plan water as a driver of disaster as well as a determinant of food security?; (3) Taking Pakistan’s example with little local capacity to deal with climate change, what actions were taken to institutionalize climate change research and action?; (4) Going step by step: How are local adaptation priorities determined—the tools and their application.

Chair: Zahoor Ahmad Swati


  • Subodh Sharma (Kathmandu University): Opening note: What are the challenges in translating policy measures into action?
  • Jawad Ali (Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation): Hazards and vulnerability risks assessment. An example from Chitral, Pakistan
  • Bikram Rana (Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation): Putting integrated water resource management into practice, Nepal
  • Zahoor A. Swati (UAP): Institutional solutions on climate change adaptation—needs and challenges
  • Arjumand Nizami (Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Pakistan): Summarizing: Adaptation planning, how, for whom and at which level?

Rapporteur: Arjumand Nizami and Jawad Ali