WelcomeCenter of Climate Change Studies - University of Chitral

The landscape of Chitral hosts the mighty summits of snow covered Hindukush with the outstanding peak of Terichmir rising 25,289 feet above sea level.

This range of mountains not only defines the North-West border of Pakistan but is the major contributor to the hydrology of the country. The panorama of Chitral contains deep frozen glaciers, alpine pastures, graze lands, forests of junipers, pines and ballot. Chitral-Goal National Park serves the habitat of some of the unique plants and animals of the world. The national park is inhabited by the national animals and plants of Pakistan. The region is safe heaven for ecotourism. In the recent past frequent floods inundated many of the areas in the regions culminating into homelessness of the local inhabitants. Extremes in climate variation have threatened the security of livelihoods and assets. Long-term changes may prove even more destructive to crops and farming systems and in the timing and amount of rains and stream flows affecting farm production. Therefore it is imperative to learn to live with these changes, make use of the opportunities to deal the conserve biodiversity.

Genesis of the Center for Climate Change (CCCS)

Climate change has become a major threat to the globe and now affecting every continent. It is threatening lives, economies and infrastructure dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.