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Quick solution to pressing environmental issues sought

By Muhammad Farooq
December 04, 2023

SWABI: Speakers at a one-day workshop here on Sunday demanded that pressing environmental issues which surfaced due to climatic changes should immediately be addressed by the government to avoid huge losses.

The workshop, "Confronting Mountain Hazards in Climate Change" was organised by the faculty of civil engineering GIK Institute convened a diverse group of experts, researchers, and practitioners from across the country.

The event focused on addressing critical challenges related to mountain hazards in the context of climate change which requires immediate attention and practical steps.

This image shows students walking inside the building of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences College. — GIKI website
This image shows students walking inside the building of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences College. — GIKI website

The workshop featured presentations and engaging panel discussions covering the multifaceted aspects of mountain hazards, including geotechnical and geological hazards.

Participants had the opportunity to explore the latest research, exchange ideas, and enhance practical skills to mitigate the impacts of climate change on mountainous regions, saving precious resources and people's property.

Speakers included Engr. Sohail Kibria, Head of Research and Development at NESPAK, Dr. Muhammad Shafique, Associate Professor at the Center of Excellence Geology - University of Peshawar, Dr. Muhammad Irfan, CEO of Birudo Engineers, and Dr. Mehtab Alam, Assistant Professor at GIK Institute.

The workshop underscored the institute's dedication to addressing pressing environmental challenges.

The experts from industry and academia shared their extensive knowledge through presentations, offering participants a comprehensive understanding of the current state of geological, geotechnical, and mountain hazards within the context of climate change.

The second session featured panel discussions that delved into critical topics, including landslide risk, glacial retreat, and the socio-economic impacts of climate change on mountains.

The event served as a valuable platform for professionals, researchers, and students to connect, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The experts said that there is a need for unwavering commitment to addressing global challenges through research, education, and community engagement, and the workshop's success stands as a testament to their dedication to creating a sustainable and resilient future.

GIKI Rector Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid said that the varied perspectives shared by participants enrich the overarching discourse on addressing geological and geotechnical hazards in the age of climate changes. Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tanoli, head of civil engineering faculty, said they would host an international conference on Climate Change and Emerging Trends in Civil Engineering scheduled in Feb next year.