Professor Timothy Beach, Professor at the department of Geography at the University of Austin (UT) Austinvisited Centre for Climate Research & Development (CCRD) from 19-22 January 2016. Prof. Beach is the former Cinco Hermanos Chair and Professor of Geography and Geoscience at Georgetown University, Director of Gerogetown’s Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) and Head of its Centre for the Environment. The visit of Prof. Beach to Pakistan was sponsored by American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS).
During his visit to Pakistan Prof. Beach visited Islamabad and Lahore.Prof. Beach delivered a lecture on 19th January on“Trends in long term climatic system changes and its impacts on agriculture and water management and sustainability and vulnerability with particular reference to countries like Pakistan”at COMSATS Library Auditorium. The lecture was attended by faculty members and students from several universities.
Prof. Beach held a seminar on 20th January at CCRD on “Impacts of Climate Change on South Asia”. During the interactive session generated exchange of views on some of the major issues that are central to the risks posed by the impacts of climate change and what steps need to be taken to promote climate resilience.
Prof. Beach met with Prof. Beach met with the Ambassador Shahid Kamal, In charge / Advisor CCRD and Mr. Bilal Anwar Senior Manager at CCRD.Prof. Beach was given a briefing on the work of CCRD in fields of research, current and upcoming projects, advocacy and linkages with international institutions. Discussions focused on avenues for collaboration and exchanges in areas of agriculture, water and environmentalchange between CCRD and University of Texas, Austin.
During his visit to CCRD Prof. Beach met Dr. S. M JunaidZiadi, Rector COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad. Later in Lahore Prof. Beach met with the Minister for Science and Technology RanaTanveerHussianand Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken.
During his visit to Lahore Prof. Beach gave a public lecture organized by Punjab Higher Education Commission on the subject of “Is the development of global Climate Policy (Paris Agreement) calibrated with the latest scientific evidence with particular reference to IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) to effectively address both short and long term threats of climate change”. The event was attended bystudents fromdifferent universities inLahore.
Prof. Beach expressed appreciation for the work being done by CCRD and conveyed his readiness to look at the opportunities for collaboration in the field of climate change. A set of proposals for initiating cooperative activities between CCRD and University of Texas, Austin is under discussion.