PROGRAM

The conference program includes a number of plenary sessions wherein eminent national and international experts will discuss key policy issues; panel discussions promoting interactive dialogue between participants and policy makers on emerging and cross cutting issues; and technical sessions which would include presentation of scientific papers around the our selected themes. In addition, private sector, NGOs and academia will organize several side events to share climate resilient technologies and solutions. A draft organization of work is presented below, but it will remain work in progress and subject to continuous updating.


Monday, 18 December 2017: Climate Trends


08:00 - 09:00Registration
09:00 – 10:30 High Level Session
09:00-09:15: Conference Organizers (HEC, USPCASW): Welcome and introduction
09:15-09:25: GCISC: GHG emission trends
09:25-09:35: PMD: Precipitation Trends
09:35-09:45: WAPDA: Glacier Behavior and Trends
09:45-10:15: Keynote Speech (TBC)
10:15-10:30: Chair's Conclusion and opening of conference
10:30 – 11:00 Tea and Networking Break
11:00 – 1:00 Session 1: Glaciers Response to Climate Change
• Climate trends in glacial areas of Pakistan
• Latest glacier inventory and recent trends
• Impact of black carbon deposition on glacier melt rates
• Elevation dependent warming and precipitation changes in Karakorum
• Glacier Mass Balance analysis in the Karakorum
• Snow/ glacier dynamics using photogrammetry
• Glacier melt estimates using wireless sensors
• Spatio-temporal assessment of cryosphere changes in Kabul River Basin
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 Session 2: Climate Change Trends in Pakistan
• Projection of extremes in major climate variables in Pakistan
• Monsoon variability under climate change
• Monsoon onset dynamics
• Annual and seasonal climatic trends over Pakistan for near and far future under different RCPs from IPCC-AR5 employing high resolution data of CORDEX-RCMs
• Projection of climate extremes, based on observed changes in climate variables in Pakistan
• Role of telecommunications in climate predictability
• Future temperature and precipitation projections in Barani Areas of Punjab
• Future temperature and precipitation trends using RCM data
4:00 – 4:30 Tea and Networking break
4:30 – 5:30 Wrap up of the Day

Tuesday, 19 December 2017: Climate Impacts and Adaptation


09:00 – 11:00 Session 3: Climate and Disaster Preparedness
• Flood early warning systems
• Flood Risk Mapping
• Current flood forecasting system and its effectiveness
• Heat waves and health hazards
• Vector borne diseases
• Health hazards due to riverine floods
• Disaster prevention and relief capacity
• Hill torrents management
• GLOF history and response options
11:00 – 11:30 Tea and Networking break
11:30 – 1:30 Session 4: Climate Change and Water Security
• Future water availability scenarios at key nodes
• Improved hydrological predictions using UBC under RCP scenarios
• Hydrological projections using SRM under RCP scenarios over Kabul River
• Use of ICT in water resource management
• Revisiting current reservoir operation practices under changing river inflows
• Water demand changes under future climate scenarios
• Ground water modeling in Sindh
• Grace modeling and Karez system appraisal
• Ground water depletion and assessment in Balochistan
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 4:30 Session 5: Climate Change and Food Security
• CC Impacts on wheat production in different agro-ecological zones
• Impact of heat stress on cotton production
• CC impacts on rain fed agriculture
• CC impacts on soil degradation
• Estimate of crop water requirements under climate scenarios
• Irrigation water use efficiency needs under climate scenarios
• Redefining agro-climatic zones in the light of climate change
• Food diversification to ensure food security
• Climate risk management along agriculture value chain
• Prospects of raising high value crops
• Prospects of agro-forestry in various agro-climatic zones
4:30 – 5:00 Tea and Networking break
5:00 - 5:30 Wrap up of the Day

Wednesday, 20 December 2017: Climate, Mitigation, and Development


09:00 – 11:00 Session 6: Climate Change, Vulnerable Ecosystems and Biodiversity
• Climate change, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and Indus Delta erosion
• Sea level rise and sea water intrusion
• Spatio-temporal changes in Indus Delta land cover
• Ecological network model for Mangroves ecosystem
• Impacts of climate change on eco-geomorphological conditions of the Indus River Creek
• Springshed management in Pakistan
• Climate change threats to the Snow Leopard
• Primary forest productivity and climate change
• Climate change, deforestation, and wildlife conservation
11:00 – 11:30 Tea and Networking break
11:30 – 1:30 Session 7: Climate Mitigation
• Greenhouse development rights and Pakistan
• Optimal growth strategy in a world of climate change
• Renewable energy options in Pakistan
• Thar coal GHG emissions
• The Metro-bus as a mitigation strategy
• GHG emissions from coal power generation
• Climate finance options for Pakistan
• International trade and finance under alternate climate scenarios
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 4:30 Session 8: Climate Change, Policy, Governance and Conflict
• Pakistan's policy responses to climate change
• Pakistan's national commitments on climate change
• The role of civil society in responding to climate change
• Water and conflict under climate change scenarios
• Sharing the Kabul River under climate scenarios
• The Indus Basin Treaty and climate change
• Urban water demand challenges and adaptation options
4:30 – 5:00 Tea and Networking break
5:00 - 6:00 Concluding Session
GCISC: Conference Report and Policy Recommendations
Concluding Remarks by Session Chair
USPCASW: Vote of Thanks