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The Pakistan Climate Resilience Research Coordination Network (RCN) works to advance the capability of researchers to co-produce science-to-action interdisciplinary research, education, and workforce development. Those efforts, in turn, will improve climate adaptation and resilience in Pakistan.

The RCN is a project of USAID’s Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA), which will:
      • Establish a research coordination network steered by participating HESSA HEI researchers and guided by shared goals, a collaborative mindset, and a plan for sustained engagement
      • Strengthen the capabilities of participating faculty in research development, grant writing, and research methods
      • Build transdisciplinary teams around critical focal research areas
      • Mobilize research teams to identify funding opportunities and write proposals
      • Launch international research partnerships aligned with key focal research areas

8th Webinar

Climate Resilience in Pakistan


Dr. Anila Ali
Department of Environmental Sciences, Balochistan University of Information, Technology, Engineering & Management Sciences


Dr. Sumbal Javed
Health Services Academy, Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan

📌 Topic: Climate Resilience: Multi-stakeholder partnerships as a way forward

Dr. Muhammad Rafiq
Professor of Economics, IM Sciences of Peshawar, Head of the Center for Water Informatics & Climate Resilience

📌 Topic: Advancing climate resilience through gender inclusive green jobs

Day and Time

🗓 Tuesday, May 28, 2024

🕚 11:00 AM (Pakistan time)

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Dr. Jennifer Weidhaas
Dr. Jennifer Weidhaas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Utah, USA
Dr. Steven Burian
Dr. Steven Burian
Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Executive Director, Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology (CIROH) Director of Science, Alabama Water Institute The University of Alabama, USA
Dr. Asim Zia
Dr. Asim Zia
Professor of Public Policy & Computer Science, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics & Department of Computer Science at the University of Vermont Director: Sustainable Development Policy, Economics & Governance Ph.D. Program Director: Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security Co-Director: Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation Lab University of Vermont, USA

RCN Webinars

8th USAID-HESSA Webinar on Climate Resilience in Pakistan

May 28, 2024

7th USAID-HESSA Webinar on Climate Resilience in Pakistan

April 23, 2024

Impact of Climate Change on Public Health Services in Pakistan

March 24, 2024

Climate change induced challenges in the drylands of Pakistan

December 19, 2023

Water Scarcity Challenges in Pakistan


February 27, 2024

RCN Climate workshop

November 7, 2023

RCN Climate workshop

September 26, 2023

RCN Climate workshop

July 12—14, 2023

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