Kazakhstan National Committee "Man and Biosphere"

6th Meeting of The South and Central Asia MAB
Network (SACAM)

"Impact of Climate Change on Natural Ecosystems"

December 3-5, 2014

Objectives of the Meeting

These days, there has been a greater emphasis on Climate Change issue and it severely has affected almost all the physical and biological components of the Planet Earth. Apart from the changes brought in different seasons and rainfall patterns, the biodiversity loss and wetland degradation are other important areas on which the impact of climate change are clearly visible.  Thus urgent and serious attention is needed for these issues. This platform will provide an opportunity to develop collaboration among scientists and government officials to develop better strategies to cope with the burning issue of climate change.
Important themes to be discussed in this meeting are:

  • Sharing of knowledge from the individual countries to understand the severity of the issues related to climate change.
  • Understanding the present and projected impact of climate change on weathers, economies, agriculture, wetlands, biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems for sensitizing the policy makers, researchers and planners for an increased future attention on these issues in the region. 
  • Encouraging and inspiring SACAM countries to focus on climate change issues at policy level while planning conservation and management practices of the protected areas and biosphere reserves.
  • Analysis of ongoing climate change mitigation efforts and discussion on future line of action to minimize the impact of climate change on the natural resources and livelihoods.

 AGENDA

Day 1: December 3, 2014

Inaugural Session

08:30-09:00

Registration

09:00-09:05

Guests to be seated

09:05-09:10

Recitation from Holy Quran

09:10-09:15

Welcome address by Country Focal Person, MAB-Pakistan

09:15-09:20

Remarks by Secretary, SACAM

09:20-09:25

Remarks by Representative, UNDP

09:25-09:30

Remarks by Deputy Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau-Indonesia

09:30-09:35

Remarks by Director, UNESCO-Pakistan

09:35-09:45

Address by Chairman, SACAM /Co-Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan/Chairman, PSF

09:45-09:55

Address by Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan/Secretary, MoST

09:55-10:10

Address by Chief Guest

10:10-10:15

Vote of thanks by Director General, PMNH

10:15- 11:00

Refreshment

Session I:                      Introduction and Overview
Chaired by:     Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan
Facilitator:      Secretary SACAM
Rapporteur:     Country Focal Person MAB-Pakistan

11:00- 11:30

Introduction of participants facilitated by Secretary SACAM

Adoption of the Agenda with permission from Chair

Introduction of the theme of the event by Co-Chairman National MAB Committee-Pakistan

11:30-12:00

SACAM background, progress and future plans: Report by Secretary SACAM

12:00-12:45

Intervention by member countries/ participants

12:45-14:00

Lunch/ Prayer Break

Session II:                     Scientific Evidence of the Climate Change
Chaired by:    Chairman /Co-Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan
Facilitator:      Delegation from India and Iran
Rapporteur:    Director, PSD, PMNH

14:00-14:20

International conventions, agreements and protocols on climate change

14:20-14:40

Paleoclimatology: the earth’s climate in geological perspective

14:40-15:00

Recent Climate changes based on   meteorological and climatological data

15:00-15:20

Ice cap reduction and glacial melt in world in general and in Asia in particular

15:20-15:40

Present and projected changes in sea level as a result of climate change

15:40-16:00

Relationship between climate change and severe sporadic events like floods, drought, hurricanes etc.

16:00-16:20

Methodologies and techniques for measurement of climate change process

16:20-16:40

Comparison of models developed for local and global climate change and gap analysis

16:40-17:00

Innovations and new trends in meteorology and climate informatics

Day 2: December 4, 2014

Session III:           Country Presentations on Impact of climate change on different ecosystems
Chaired by:    Chairman /Co-Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan
Facilitator:      Delegate from Sri Lank and Maldives
Rapporteur:    Chief Scientific Officer, PSF

09:00-09:20

Role of UNESCO in climate change mitigation measures

09:20-09:40

Impact of climate change on Freshwater Ecosystems

09:40-10:00

Impact of climate change on Mountain Ecosystems

10:00-10:20

Impact of climate change on desert and dry land ecosystems

10:20-10:40

Impact of climate change on coastal ecosystems

10:40-11:00

Impact of climate change on marine ecosystems

11:00-11:20

Impact of climate change on forest ecosystems

11:20-11:40

Impact of climate change on grassland ecosystems

11:40-12:00

Impact of climate change on wilderness and protected areas

12:00-12:40

Coffee & Tea Break

Session IV:          Human role in acceleration of Climate Change
Chaired by:     Chairman /Co-Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan
Facilitator:      Delegation from Bangladesh and Nepal
Rapporteur:     Director ESD, PMNH

12:40-13:00

Role of natural and human factors in acceleration of climate change

13:00-13:20

Impacts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in acceleration of climate change

13:20-13:40

Impacts of land use patterns and  agricultural practices in in acceleration of climate change

13:40-14:00

Impacts of deforestation and forest fires  in acceleration of climate change

14:00-15:00

Lunch/Prayer Break

 Session V:                    Impact of Climate Change on Humans
Chaired by:    Chairman /Co-Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan
Facilitator:      Secretary SACAM & delegation from Bhutan
Rapporteur:    Director General, PMNH

15:00-15:20

Impact of climate change on biodiversity and human well being

15:20-15:40

Impact on humans due to change in cropping patters and reduced fish stocks and food supply

15:40-16:00

Impact of climate change on island countries and human settlements

16:00-16:20

Impact on humans as a result of water scarcity and desertification

16:20-16:40

Impact on humans as a result of extreme weather events and natural disasters

16:40-17:00

Impact of climate change on international economies

20:00

Cultural Evening/Welcome Dinner

Day 3: December 5, 2014

Session VI:                            Socio-Political Responses to Climate Change
Chaired by:    Chairman /Co-Chairman, National MAB Committee-Pakistan
Facilitator:      Delegation from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan 
Rapporteur:     PSO, PSF

09:00-09:20

Environmental Policies in response to Climate Change

09:20-09:40

International politics of Climate Change

09:40-10:00

Education and awareness for management of global climate change

10:00-10:20

Technologies of mitigation: carbon dioxide sequestration, solar shades and other processes

10:20-10:40

Alternative and renewable energy sources: technologies, policies and strategies

10:40-11:00

Carbon taxes, offsets and trading

11:00-11:20

Emission standards

11:20-11:40

Tea Break

11:40-13:40

Group Discussion/Closing

13:40-14:40

Lunch/Prayer Break

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