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The Vital Role of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Glaciers in Water Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation

The repercussions of Gilgit Baltistan’s high susceptibility to the effects of climate change are far-reaching and transcend national boundaries. The area is an essential aspect of Pakistan’s environment because of its complex connections to the southern regions of the nation.

The Indus River, which provides vital water supplies and agriculture in the southern areas, receives water from the glaciers in Gilgit Baltistan that are melting. The water supply to Pakistan’s southern regions decreases as these glaciers recede, worsening the country’s water shortage and endangering food security.

Furthermore, Gilgit Baltistan’s increased frequency of extreme weather events, such landslides and floods, might have a domino effect on the livelihoods and infrastructure in the southern regions, upsetting regular life and business as usual.

Therefore, the vulnerability of Gilgit Baltistan and its connectivity to the south highlight the urgent necessity for national policies aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change.

A new UNDP Climate Change Adaptation research found that Gilgit Baltistan’s average temperature is rising alarmingly, hastening the melting of glaciers. Over 3,000 glacial lakes are being formed as a result of the 1% annual reduction in these glaciers. The necessity of addressing the effects of climate change on Gilgit Baltistan is further highlighted by the rise in the frequency of climate-related calamities.

The area of Pakistan most sensitive to climate change, Gilgit Baltistan, is on the verge of serious environmental problems. Today, more than ever, we need to protect this natural wonderland with determined effort and dedication.

We protect not only Gilgit Baltistan but also the broader environment of South Pakistan, which is greatly dependent on the area, as we acknowledge and mitigate the effects of climate change on it.

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