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Indus Delta at risk of global climate change impacts

SUKKUR, Pakistan

Experts of environmental affairs on Saturday termed the Indus Delta the most vulnerable area because of the impacts of climate changes, saying that it was at a greater risk of dreadful conditions despite its global ecological significance.

They said the decrease within the flow of Indus water had led to a reduction in sediment deposition, seawater intrusion, land-use changes, sea-level rise, and disappearance of assorted deltaic fish species, adding these factors were putting one among the largest and precious deltaic ecosystems of the globe at the danger of shrinking and degradation.

The experts said this while addressing an awareness seminar titled “Enhancing awareness and engagement of youth towards addressing coastal climate vulnerability and gender empowerment”, organized jointly by the University of Sindh and WWF-Pakistan together with Oxfam Pakistan at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro.

Speaking on the occasion, Pro-Vice-Chancellor SU Campus, Thatta, Professor Dr. Rafique Ahmed Memon, said the global climate change is putting its impact almost on each sector and it’s caused huge losses to the country.

He said most of the ecosystems are losing their resilience as a result of the climate impact, therefore, the world has become much less hospitable for the modern globalized society. “Youth should be engaged in global climate change initiatives,” he said.

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