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Gilgit: WWF and ICIMOD organize training on financial literacy and flood preparedness

Gilgit: (PR)  WWF-Pakistan, Gilgit Office in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) organized “5 Days Training Workshop on Financial Literacy and Flood Preparedness” at WWF-Pakistan, Gilgit Office from 15th till 19th August, 2016. Attended by some 14 participants including District and village coordinators for HIMALICA project and members from GBDMA, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Nagar Development Organization and Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Gilgit.

Mr. Ali Hassan Habib, Ex. Director General WWF-Pakistan and Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for UNDP chaired the closing ceremony held at WWF-Pakistan, Gilgit Office. During his speech he said that the Financial Literacy training for saving money and using it for coping with climate induced disasters and pre flood preparedness can serve as benchmark for other areas prone to climate change induced hazards.

The main purpose of this training workshop was to enhance knowledge and capacity, especially of local marginalized women at community level, so that they can save something for their rainy days and be prepared for the possible climate induced hazards. For this ToT workshop experts from different organizations like Ms. Lal Bano of Women Excellence and Empowerment Initiative and Muhammad Ali Tajik from GBDMA, Gilgit were engaged.IMG_2039

Babar Khan, Head WWF-Pakistan regional Office said, “Due to its uniqueness and fragility Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalaya region is the most vulnerable to the emerging impacts of the climate change. He emphasized building capacity of local people, especially women on financial literacy and preparedness for hazards.  He further added that the seasonal migration in the form of transhumance has been a traditional coping strategy of mountain people–especially of pastoralists – living in the ‘rain shadow’ of the HKH region for millennia, to cite one specific example, today labor migration, including rural-urban migration (due to pull reason) and disaster- or conflict-induced displacements (due to push reason), are becoming more commonplace.

In the end, Miss. Anila Ajmal, Climate Change Adaptation Officer, WWF-Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan thanked the audiences for being part of the successful ToT workshop.

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