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  • Sharing our Resources: A Vision for Addressing Cross Border Water Scarcity Caused by Climate Change

    Regional Workshop for Journalists on Climate Change

    Training Report March 28th – 30th 2010

    Islamabad

    Prepared by: Training Unit

    Core Services Department LEAD Pakistan

    F-7 Markaz, Islamabad Phone: +92 (051) 2651511

    Fax: +92 (051) 2651512 Website: www.lead.org.pk

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    Regional Workshop for Journalists on Climate Change 1

     

    Table of Contents Abbreviations ................................................................................................................................................ 3  Background ................................................................................................................................................... 4  Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................................... 5  Workshop Agenda ......................................................................................................................................... 7  Core Faculty Profiles ................................................................................................................................... 11  Facilitators ................................................................................................................................................... 13  Participants Profiles .................................................................................................................................... 14  Participants from India ............................................................................................................................ 14  Participants from Pakistan ...................................................................................................................... 18 

    Proceedings Day One .................................................................................................................................. 24  Session One: Workshop Inauguration .................................................................................................... 24  Session Two: Climate Change and Hydro – Politics in the Indus Basin ................................................... 25  Session Three: Refresher on Climate Change ......................................................................................... 26  Session Four: Climate Change and Trans‐boundary Water Issues ......................................................... 28  Workshop Evaluation Day ‐ One ............................................................................................................. 29  Overall Workshop Evaluation Day ‐ One ................................................................................................. 30 

    Proceedings Day TWO ................................................................................................................................. 31  Session Six: Climate Change Effects in Indus Delta and Wetlands ......................................................... 32  Session Seven: Framing the Story – Key Reporting/ Documenting Tips ................................................. 32  Session Eight: Water Issues from Kashmiri Perspective ......................................................................... 34  Session Nine: Climate Change – Environment, Development, Population and Food Security ............... 35 

    Preparation of Action Plan for Journalist’s Participation in COP – 16 and linkage of the workshop with  future Endeavors ......................................................................................................................................... 37  Action Plan for COP – 16, Mexico ........................................................................................................... 37  Networking among Journalists from India and Pakistan ........................................................................ 38  Workshop Evaluation Day – Two ............................................................................................................ 38  Overall Workshop Evaluation Day ‐ Two ................................................................................................ 40 

    Proceedings of Day Three ........................................................................................................................... 41  Field Visit: Climate Change Mitigation .................................................................................................... 41  Certificate Distribution Ceremony .......................................................................................................... 42  Overall Workshop Evaluations ................................................................................................................ 43  Hospitality Evaluations ............................................................................................................................ 45  Pre and Post Workshop Evaluations ....................................................................................................... 45 

    Media Coverage .......................................................................................................................................... 49  Website ....................................................................................................................................................... 49  Conclusion and Way Forward ..................................................................................................................... 49  Workshop Testimonials .............................................................................................................................. 51  Annexure ..................................................................................................................................................... 54  Annex A: List of Participants from Pakistan ............................................................................................ 54  Annex B: List of Participants from India .................................................................................................. 55  Annex C: List of Resource Persons and Facilitators ................................................................................ 56 

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    Annex D: Workshop Evaluation Form ..................................................................................................... 58  Annex E: Overall Workshop Evaluation Form ......................................................................................... 59  Annex F: Pre Workshop Evaluation Form ............................................................................................... 62  Annex G: Post Workshop Evaluation Form ............................................................................................. 63  Annex H: Responses of the participants in Pre and Post Workshop Evaluations ................................... 64 

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    Abbreviations  

    CBOs Community Based Organizations

    CCMP Climate Change Media Partnership

    CLAN Climate Leaders Action Network

    CC Climate Change

    CDKN Climate Development Knowledge Network

    DFID Department of International Development

    EIA Environmental Impact Assessment

    GCISC Global Change Impact Study Centre

    IANS Indo-Asian News Service

    IPCC International Panel on Climate Change

    IWT Indus Water Treaty

    LEAD Leadership for Environment and Development

    NAPA National Adaptation Plan of Action

    One UN JPE One UN Joint Programme on Environment

    PPPs Public-Private Partnerships

    SUKHI Society for Up Gradation of Knowledge, Health and Infrastructure

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    Background In the recently concluded UN Climate Conference 2009 held in Copenhagen, the Nobel Laureate Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, called upon South Asian countries, particularly India and Pakistan, to work together to tackle climate change. He said countries in the Asian sub-region would be facing severe consequences, which included water shortages. Dr Pachauri said the subcontinent must rise above divisive issues and adopt a common position to address climate change impacts. Climate change will impact the South Asian region in a number of ways. Foremost, water supplies will be greatly affected not just by retreating glaciers, but more broadly by changes in snowmelt and precipitation patterns (especially the monsoon). Indeed, it is the change in precipitation which is helping to drive de-glaciation, as in many areas more ice is ablating from glaciers than is being added to them. Experts point out that Pakistan will soon be a water stressed country. The majority of Pakistan’s agriculture depends on a single river system, the Indus, and is therefore highly vulnerable. The Indus water treaty with India has withstood three wars if you count Kargil, but given the prospect of ac

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