In Northern Pakistan, rising temperatures are melting glaciers, and have created over 3,000 glacial lakes. If they burst, they can release millions of cubic metres of water and debris in just a few hours, resulting in the loss of lives, destruction of property and infrastructure, and severe damage to livelihoods in some of the most remote areas of Pakistan.
In response to these risks, UN Development, with funding from the Green Climate Fund, is supporting the Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change with a new 5-year project to develop resilience. The project will build 250 engineering structures including damns, ponds, spill ways, tree plantation and drainage to reduce risk.
Adaptation is one of the key pillars required for a strengthened future response to climate change, and scaling up adaptation is key to meeting the central aim of the Paris Climate Change Agreement to limit global temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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