Moot on role of migration and remittances
ISLAMABAD: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) have jointly organised a roundtable workshop on the role of migration and remittances in the climate change adaptation policy in Pakistan.
They discussed the policy implications of the research findings in context of national and provincial climate change adaptation policies and provisions with the government stakeholders. The feedback received from the participants will help to guide the future policy engagement and research on the issue of climate change adaptation and migration in Pakistan.
PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, NDMA Chairman Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed Aleem, ICIMOD DG Dr David Molden, ICIMOD-Pakistan Country Representative Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra, IOM’s Enrico Ponziani, OPF DG (Training) Saifur Rehman Khan, Dr Meena Poudal of ICIMOD Nepal, Dr Golam Rasul of ICIMOD, Rabab Fatima of IOM, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Arif of PIDE, Muhammad Zubair Anwar of NARC, Dr Babar Khan of WWF-Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Dr M. Aslam Gill of MNFSR, Rana Matloob of BEOE, GB Secretary Finance Dr Javed and delegates from Nepal, China, Bangkok, Bangladesh and senior gevernment officials from Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and federal institutions participated in the workshop and exchanged their views & presentations highlighting various aspects of migration and remittance in the climate change adaptation in Pakistan and suggested valuable recommendations for future policy.
On this occasion, Dr Iftikhar Ahmad said PARC acknowledged the role of ICIMOD for the development of mountain areas of Pakistan. “Our most of the population is rural based. Migration is a reality from agriculture to other sectors. The majority of the people in mountain areas are not well aware of modern agricultural practices and they are still adopting old methods,” he said. He added that there was a need to design development programmes for mountain areas keeping in view their needs. New knowledge and skill development programmes were needed for the people of mountain areas to operate machinery and for the development of agriculture on modern lines, he said.
NDMA Chairman Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed Aleem said Pakistan had historic linkage crises and migration. He said the migration of people was due to many reasons such as natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, droughts, and other socio-economic reasons. He said that the migration of the male from mountain areas was posing very serious challenges as the women in these areas were not well prepared technically to handle their livestock and agricultural field activities besides taking care of their children and other household activities.
The experts said the financial remittances were a significant source of cash income for many mountain areas’ households. The financial remittances supplemented the household income from other sources such as agriculture, livestock, wage labour and business, they said. They added that the government stakeholders need to support measures to enhance understanding, coordination and cooperation with regard to climate change, adaptation and migration.
The Daily Times