The Consortium for Development Policy Research in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) held a session of Lahore Policy Exchange on Climate Change and Population Growth in Pakistan. The session was held on Friday, 10th February from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at 19A FCC, Maratab Ali Road, Gulberg IV, Lahore.

Climate change over the coming decades is expected to affect the ability of land to support the lives and livelihoods of much of the world’s population, and an increasing population will compound these impacts.

Population pressure rises when land quality declines or when population size rises. It is imperative to study the impacts of rising population pressure as many of the countries expected to suffer degradation in land quality due to climate change are also expected to see large increases in the population that will be reliant on that land.

The following speakers had a candid conversation on the impact of climate change and population growth on economic growth:

Dr. David Weil (Professor of Economics, Brown University) – discussed findings from his paper titled “Climate Change, Population Growth, and Population Pressure”.

Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh (Member National Climate Change Council) – discussed critical gaps in policy for managing population and climate change.

Dr. Maryam Ibrahim (Human Geographer & Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences) – hosted the session and discussed population and climate change in the Pakistani context.