Islamabad, 25 November 2022 (TDI): Expert Roundtable Discussion took place on the Climate-Security Nexus in Balochistan. This roundtable discussion was organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Pakistan & the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST).

At this meeting, various civil and military officials and subject experts participated to speak on the main topic of discussion.

Among the officials was Major General Dr. Mauhammad Samrez Salik (Retd). While linking chaos theory to climate change, Dr. Samrez Salik discussed the Climate-Security Nexus in Balochistan.

Furthermore, the roundtable discussion explored multiple dimensions of human security in Balochistan with a particular focus on climate change.

Balochistan’s Climate and Security Issues

Balochistan is highly vulnerable to environmental changes. Recent monsoon rains and heavy floods inflicted huge human and financial losses on Balochistan.

In this regard, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the area are a big challenge for the Pakistani government. Moreover, climate change is threatening the basic survival and welfare needs of the people of Balochistan.

Necessities like access to water, food production, health facilities, and the use of land are lacking for the inhabitants of Balochistan.

This is causing a severe impact on the human security of people living there. Therefore, HSF along with NUST and other officials took steps to discuss Balochistan’s climate and security problems.

Read more: Impacts of 2022 Super Floods on the National Security of Pakistan

Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF)

HSF is an independent organization. It has been collaborating with the secretariats of both parliamentary chambers as well as with research institutes, think tanks, and public universities in Pakistan.

The purpose of the collaboration is to strengthen democratic structures in Pakistan. In this regard, HSF has been focusing and working on the non-traditional security threats in Pakistan and this also includes climate change.

Therefore, HSF along with NUST organized a platform to speak on the climate issues in Balochistan. Additionally, HSF Pakistan recently organized a conference on the topic of ”Climate Change as Non-Traditional Security Challenge: Relevance for Pakistan”.

In this conference, HSF gave an overview of climate change challenges faced by Balochistan. In addition, they also discussed the implications on the national security of Pakistan while keeping in mind these climate challenges.