Overwhelming evidence accumulated over the last two decades clearly shows that human activity has reached a level where it is significantly affecting the global environment. Furthermore, the global change due to anthropogenic perturbations is happening at a much shorter time scale compared to the natural events. It is feared that some of the resulting adverse impacts will have serious implications in areas such as climate, health, water, energy, food security etc. in many parts of the world. Developing countries with weak scientific and technological base will be most vulnerable to such adverse impacts.
In the present global change scenario Pakistan is facing a number of challenges in its quest to move forward along the path of sustainable development. The most important among these is the provision of basic human needs for its fast growing population without irreversibly damaging her fragile eco-systems. However, natural processes are so complex and variable that, before any mitigation strategy is embarked upon, a basic understanding is essential of the processes that affect the environment and also the ways they will impact various sectors of development.
Besides the global environment change, the technological revolution brought about by science itself is also fundamentally affecting human life. The information technology revolution is but one example. Any nation not making use of the opportunities that new technologies offer will remain weak and underdeveloped. Being cognizant of the pressing need for a multi-disciplinary effort to monitor the current and likely future global trends in various scientific and technological disciplines and to scientifically analyse their likely impacts on the socio-economic development in Pakistan, Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) was established on the initiative of Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Special Advisor to the Chief Executive of Pakistan with a seed money provided by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Centre started functioning in May 2002. Later on GCISC has been supported by the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Environment. In January 2005 a high level committe called the Prime Minister’s Committee on Climate Change was established and GCISC was designated as its Secretariat. The Committee comprises the Prime Minister, Ministers for Water & Power, Food & Agriculture and Science & Technology, Minister of State for Environment, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The programmes and research activities of the Centre are planned in consultation with an Advisory Comittee which comprises of eminent scientists and is headed by Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad Special Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chief Executive Coordinator, GCSIC. The Committee periodically reviews and monitors the progress and activities of the Centre.
Primary Contact: Dr. S. Shoaib Raza
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Postal address: GCISC, 1st floor, Saudi Pak Tower, Blue Area, Islamabad
Phone: ’92 51 9219785
Fax: ’92 51 9219787