The implications of climate problems will be devastating for human survival

Experts stressed that the implications of environmental and climate issues will be devastating for human security, survival, socio-economic livelihood and maritime development.

The views were presented by Ms. Naghmana Zaffar (NIMA Chief Researcher) and Commodore (Retd) Baber Bilal (IOSC NIMA Director) during the 2022 Maritime Summer School (MSS 2022) organized by Minhaj University from Lahore to the Center for Research and Innovation of Maritime Affairs (CRIMA)

MSS 2022 was a five-day event aimed at raising awareness in maritime areas including blue economy, trade, the role of CPEC and its importance in blue economy, maritime security, power politics in the Indian Ocean, maritime infrastructure and maritime transport. Biodiversity.

The summer school brought together practitioners, policy makers, academics, media and students from various universities.

Cdr(R) Baber Bilal spoke about the concept of cooperative security. He said it simply means states will work together to solve common problems and is often used synonymously with collective security.

He further stated that maritime security involves safeguarding national maritime interests. It is immune to all forms of threats and challenges in the maritime domain.

He further added that the maritime domain now dominates national interests and the security agenda of nations. He was of the view that no State has progressed without developing its maritime sector. It briefly explains the Indian Ocean and Pakistan’s position in the Indian Ocean region. He also gave an overview of Pakistan’s maritime sectors.

He mentioned that our national maritime policies and strategies are outdated and need to be updated and replaced. Cdr. (Retd) highlighted the increase in the number of Pakistani flag carriers while focusing on understanding the link between the maritime economy and its link to national security.

Ms. Naghmana Zafar, Senior Researcher at NIMA, spoke about the challenges for ocean health and blue growth. Ms. Naghmana mentioned in her speech that around 40% of the world’s population lives within 100 km of the coast.

Therefore, this population depends on the stability and overall quality of the oceans and seas. About 10% of the world’s population lives along the coastal belt and resides in areas less than 10 meters above sea level.

While sharing the solution to all these problems, she said we should accelerate the blue economy and the initiative which will act as a key driver in the transition to healthy, low carbon and resilient oceans for maritime development. from Pakistan.

Mentioning some research work in her speech, she mentioned that Pakistan is among the group of countries where weather, fishing industry and coastal and wetland services will be severely hampered by global warming and climate change. resulting climate.

Therefore, we need to adapt and mitigate climate change, which requires consistent efforts/contributions from all stakeholders.

She criticized the fact that the year 2020 was declared and celebrated as “the year of blue economy” by the government of Pakistan, but nothing concrete could be produced in terms of policy, regulation or governance structure at the national level.

Teresa H. Sadler