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Webinar: Climate Change and Climate Induced Conflict and Migration in Afghanistan / Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities

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Wednesday, 04 May 2022, 4:00

Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 4:00 PM. Webinar: Climate Change and Climate Induced Conflict and Migration in Afghanistan / Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities. Haseeb Payab, formerly at
National Environmental Protection Agency of Afghanistan. Sponsored by NOAA and CCRUN. More information here. Register here.

Abstract: Four decades of conflict in Afghanistan have destroyed or severely damaged much of the infrastructure in Afghanistan, particularly in rural areas. This coupled with changes in climate, has critically positioned Afghanistan as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate hazards in South Asia, with an increased number of floods and drought events. According to the Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), Afghanistan is ranked 176th (out of 181 countries) with respect to vulnerability and ability to cope with climate change. Factors including the poor state of infrastructure, the burden of environmental and climate stressors, high levels of poverty, lack of livelihood and income-generating opportunities have led to increased climate-related conflict
and migration. Despite limited financial resources and little adaptive capacity to effectively manage the impacts of climate change, the government in partnership with international organizations, had started different initiatives to cope with these climate-generated problems. Haseeb Payab, former Deputy Director General of Plan, Policy and Monitoring at the National Environmental Protection Agency of Afghanistan will discuss these issues, challenges, initiatives and opportunities in this seminar. CCRUN hosts a monthly series featuring researchers and
practitioners from around the region and country all of whom have new ideas on how to promote resilient, livable, and sustainable cities. The talks focus on urban solutions to global problems
associated with increasing temperature and sea level rise, precipitation variability and greenhouse gas emissions. CCRUN is interested in spurring dialogue on the implications of such changes on the complex infrastructure of intensely developed landscapes, and on the health, well-being, and vulnerability of the people who live in them.

Bio(s): Dr. Ahmad Haseeb PAYAB has received his PhD from Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus in 2018. He has over 12 years of work experience with international donors and public organizations in program and project development and management; sustainable development; strategic planning; policy development; teaching and research. Areas of expertise and research interests include water-food-energy nexus, hydro-economic modeling, hydro-climatology, water resources assessment and management, climate change vulnerability and adaptation, drought monitoring, planning and management, groundwater development and management and virtual water and water footprint analysis. He has published several peer- reviewed articles in refereed journals and in international conferences and regularly reviews articles for several international journals.

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