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Over 10,000 glaciers in GB, Chitral receding: experts

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ISLAMABAD: Over 10,000 of Pakistan 13,032 glaciers in Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalayan mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral are reported to be receding due to striking changes to climate.

This information was shared with participants of an event held to discuss the glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) project.

The project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination and supported by the Green Climate Fund is focused on overcoming the climate vulnerabilities of valleys in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

According to a statement, the project aims to protect communities from the impacts of GLOFs. In collaboration with Cirrus Pakistan, the project is rolling out awareness sessions at various universities and colleges in GB and KP, leading up to a climate-centric hackathon to incubate ideas and solutions based on local knowledge to propel climate adaptation mechanisms and programming.

UNDP’s GLOF-II project works in 16 valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan and eight valleys in KP. It empowers communities to identify and manage risks associated with GLOFs and related impacts of climate change, strengthens public services to lower the risk of disasters related to GLOFs and improves community preparedness and disaster response.

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