The International Conference on Water, Energy, and Environment for Sustainability (IC-WEES) 2022 is a flagship conference of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. With the growing global concerns about environmental degradation, depletion of freshwater resources, and climate change-induced disasters. This year Military College of Engineering (MCE) is organizing the 2nd IC-WEES with the priority themes focusing on climate change, water, environment, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and their inter-relationship with each other.
Given the continuous evolution of contemporary scientific research work, it is progressively encouraging that there must be strong collaboration between experts, researchers, and research sharing platforms. Believing in this, the IC-WEES 2022 aims to bring expert individuals and diverse research groups to exchange and share R&D updates and discuss sustainable solutions to challenges in climate change, DRR, environment and water resources management and respective nexuses between these fields.
Scenes of flooding and storms show us just how much weather and climate can affect our lives. Understanding and predicting what the future might bring, or predicting how climate will change over the next century is of vital importance – both for our economy and for society. With global Climate Change, the future will no longer resemble the past. New strategies for developing resilience to climate variability and extreme weather events will be required. Understanding the concepts of Climate Change variability, adaptation and mitigation is very important in order develop effective National and Regional policies and strategies for their incorporation into future development and management plans.
Disaster Risk Reduction
“What causes a disaster ?” and at what, and most importantly, who is impacted during a disaster. The growing risks posed by disasters have meant that new approaches are required to help countries cope more effectively. After the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the major focus has shifted towards reducing the disaster risks and mitigating the disaster impacts. Understanding the DRR concepts and practices will be helpful to develop concept and practices in different international and national settings for those who are interested in acquiring the fundamental knowledge of DRR and linkages to sustainable development challenges
Nature-Based Disaster Risk Reduction
Environment and disasters interact with each other in a number of ways. Disasters cause massive damage to the environment, while degraded environments exacerbate disaster impacts. Responding to disasters often leads to additional environmental impacts, while investments in sound environmental management, especially in post-disaster recovery stages, can reduce disaster risks and thus contribute to more resilient development. Nature based solutions can contribute to more effective reduction of disaster risk in two major ways. Well-managed ecosystems can mitigate the impact of most natural hazards, such as landslides, hurricanes and cyclones. In addition, productive ecosystems can support sustainable income-generating activities and are important assets for people and communities in the aftermath of a disaster.
Climate, Environment and Water Nexus
With 70 percent of the global population of about 9.6 billion people projected to be living in cities by 2050, demands for water, energy and food will be increased exponentially. Looking at this situation, the pressures on natural resources have grown to such extent that they are challenging the effectiveness of conventional planning and decision making. The parallel processes of climate change, environmental degradation and scarcity of freshwater resources are also proving to be major concerns for policy makers. The expert brain storming on strong climate-environment-water nexus are need of the hour.
Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change
The climate change challenge is multifaceted. When it comes to climate change impacts that cannot be avoided through mitigation, nature-based adaptation can help build resilience and withstand some of the environmental changes that are intensifying as the planet warms. Now focus of governments on climate change adaptation with urgency is increasing. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is at the forefront of these efforts. Comprehensive research studies giving insights on the role of DRR in climate change adaptation framework are a pressing need to formulate the way forward for global and regional decision makers.
Making Cities resilient (MCR 2030) campaign UNDRR
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is a unique cross-stakeholder initiative for improving local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing mutually reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government, and building partnerships. The MCR2030 will foster engagement to risk-proof the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will lead to an increase in the number of cities committed to reducing local disaster risk, including risks stemming from climate change, and building resilience, and an increasing number of partnerships focused on resilience, globally and regionally, bringing synergized collaboration and support to cities in their journey along the resilience roadmap.
Guidelines for Authors
Please ensure your submission meets the conference’s strict guidelines for accepting scholarly papers. Downloadable versions of the check list for Full-Text Papers and Abstract Papers. Please refer to the Paper Submission Guideline, Abstract Submission Guideline and Author Information before submitting your paper.
Note: We are in the process of indexing with reputed publishers and Journals for publications of selected articles (full length)
Guidelines for Abstract
The study submitted to the journal should indicate original research with no conflict of interest. The abstract should be between 200 – 250 words with a brief and informative title.
Abstract should clearly state the source of the data, study sample/ design and the aims and objective of the study.
The abstract should not include any undefined abbreviations or indefinite references.
The names of the author(s) should be clearly stated along with the title of the study
The affiliation(s) and address (es) of the author(s) should also be mentioned
Email address, phone number of the corresponding author should be given.
Authors are requested to provide 4-6 keywords which will be used for indexing purposes.
Font style to be used is Time New Roman, with the following formats:
Title heading should be 18 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing with bold all caps
Author name(s) 12 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing with bold letters
Author(s) affiliation and addresses 12 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing
Abstract Heading 12 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing with bold letters
Body of Abstract, 12 pt.
Keywords heading, 12pt. bold; keywords 12pt. normal
Abstract page should have margins Top 4.2cm/Bottom 4.2cm/Left 3.8cm/Right 3.8cm, Gutter 0/Gutter Position Left with paper size Letter
Posters will be on display for all the three specific days of the conference. Authors will be given a specific time to be in attendance during the poster sessions.
Student posters will be short listed for special poster prize (Cash plus Certificate) in Three Different Categories (Water, Energy and Environment).
Total poster size should not exceed 91 cm wide x 122 cm high (36×48 inch). POSTERS LARGER THAN THIS SIZE CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.
Posters should be prepared in vertical format.
Poster boards/stands will be provided to mount your poster on the respective numbered poster board. On arrival, please make your way to the Registration Desk where staff will assist with your registration and direct you to the poster presentation set-up area.
What should a poster contain?
The poster should have a proper comprehensive title that includes the study title, names and affiliations of authors.
The poster should present a concise summary of your study and should include:
• Objectives/study questions
• Methods (if study is an intervention, describe how it was carried out)
• Results (including charts and graphs)
• Funding source(s).
You do not need to include your abstract on the poster. We encourage you to include your contact email on the poster so attendees can contact you with any queries.
Brig (R) Sajid Naeem
Asian Disaster Prepardness Centre
Dr Muhammad Ukasha
Colarado State University USA
Dr. Abdur Rehman Cheema
Dr. Chandra Madramootoo
McGill University Canada
Dr. Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
UN Environment Program
Dr. M. Tugrul Yilmaz
Middle East Technical University Turkey
Dr. Naeem Ahmed
TEAL Climate Canada
Dr. Naeem Shahzad
Dr. Syed Ainuddin
Pro VC Baluchistan University
Mr. Ahmed Kamal
Chairman Federal Flood Commission
Mr. Falak Nawaz
National Disaster Management Practitioners
Mr. Raja Rehan Arshad
Ex Lead DRR World Bank
National Disaster Risk Management Fund
Brig (R) Fiaz Hussain Shah
Chairman Integrated Resilience Network
Expert DRR at NDMA
Prof Dr Lijun Su
Institute of Mountain Hazards & Environment, China
Dr Salman Raza Naqvi
Director Of NSTP,NUST
Other Committee Members
- Dr Sarfraz Ahmed
- Dr Adeel Zafar
- Dr Muhammad Rizwan
- Dr Mughees Aslam
- Dr Rai Waqas Azfar Khan
- Dr Hamid Ashraf
- Dr Tariq Feroze
- Dr Imran Ullah
- Dr Banat Gul
- Dr M. Shahid Siddique
- Dr Faisal Yousafzai
- Dr Muhammad Amjad
- Dr Muhammad Danish Zia
- Dr Muhammad Bilal Adeel
- Dr Mirza Naveed Baig
- Dr Safi Ur Rehman
- Dr Muhammad Bilal Idrees
- Dr Arshad Ullah
- Dr Bilal Ahmed
- Dr Muhammad Imran Khan
VENUE: USPCASE AUDITORIUM, NUST MAIN CAMPUS, SECTOR H-12, ISLAMABAD
|Arrival and Registration/ Guests to be Seated||09:00 – 09:50|
|Recitation of the Holy Quran||09:55 – 10:00|
|Welcome Address by Principal MCE and
NUST Overview Video
|10:00 – 10:10|
Keynote “Resilience against Natural Hazards in Post Disaster Recovery”
Mr. Raja Rehan Arshad, ex DRR Lead, World Bank
|10:10 – 10:35|
|Remarks by Chief Guest Pro-Rector (Academics), NUST||10:35 – 10:45|
|Group Photo and Tea Break||10:45 – 11:25|
Session Chair: Mr. Raja Rehan Arshad, ex DRR Lead, World Bank
Keynote “Use of remote sensing and artificial intelligence to address environmental, agricultural and biodiversity challenges”
Dr. Naeem Ahmed, Canada
Plenary “Integrated and Adaptive Flood Management Strategy for Resilient Pakistan”
Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Chairman FFC
Plenary “World Bank DRR interventions in Pakistan in context of Climate Change adaptation”
Mr. AhsanTehsin, World Bank Pakistan
|12:15 – 12:35|
Individual Presentation “ 2D Flood Modelling Risk Mapping of Glacial Passu Lake in Hunza River Basin using Geospatial approaches”
Falak Naz, USPCASW, UET Jamshoro
Individual Presentation “Flash flood susceptibility modeling using Integrated Geomorphological and Spatial Hydrological Approaches”
Dr. Shakeel, GC University, Lahore
|Lunch and Prayer Break||12:55 -14:25|
Session Chair: Dr. Naeem Ahmed, TEAL Consultants, Canada
Keynote “CMIP6 Earth System Models Project Greater Acceleration of Climate Zone Change During the 21st Century”
Prof Dr. Tugrul Yilmaz, METU, Turkey Online
Plenary “Nexus of Climate Change and Water Resources: New Dimensions of Disasters in Pakistan”
Dr. Mubushar Hussain, NDRMF, Pakistan
Plenary “ Laboratory pull-out tests on soil nail (for slope reinforcement): model box design and study on influence factors ”
Prof Dr. Lijun Su, Institute of Mountain Hazards & Environment, CAS, China Online
Plenary “Nature-based Landslide Risk Management for a Greater Environmental Sustainability”
Mr. Chinthaka Ganepola, ADPC, Thailand Online
|15:35 – 15:55|
Individual Presentation “Developing High-Resolution Gridded Precipitation dataset and Trend Analysis for Afghanistan “
Mr. Uzair Rahil, NICE, SCEE, NUST
|15:55 – 16:05|
|Tea Break||16:05 -16:20|
Keynote “Trends in Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction: Challenges and Opportunities”
Dr. Karen Sudmeier, Cologne University, Germany Online
Keynote “Role of Irrigation in Mitigating Climate Change”
Dr. Chandra A. Madramootoo, McGill University, Canada – Online
Individual Presentation “Assessing the Impact of Landcover/Land use Changes on Hydrological Components of Jhelum River Basin using SWAT Model”
Mr. Muhammad Uzair Akhtar, IGIS, SCEE, NUST
|End of Day – Wrap up||–|
Session Chair: Brig (R) Dr. Fiaz Hussain Shah, CEO Integrated Resilience Network
Co-Chair: Dr. Muhammad Amjad, MCE, NUST
|Recitation from Holy Quran
Day 1 Recap
|09:00 – 09:15|
Plenary “The Role of Mosque in Building Resilient Communities: Widening Development Agendas”
Dr. Abdur Rehman, UNDP, Pakistan
|09:15 – 09:35|
Plenary “Maximizing resilience by minimizing risks”
Brig (R) Dr. Fiaz Hussain Shah, CEO IRN, Pakistan
|09:35 – 09:55|
Keynote “Resilience is Local: Climate and disaster resilience is an investment, not a cost”
Mr. Andy Mcelroy, UNDRR, South Korea Online
|09:55 – 10:20|
Individual Presentations “Assessment of Spatio-Temporal Land use Land Cover changes using Geoinformatics: A Case Study of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan”
Mr. Kamran, IESE, SCEE, NUST
|10:20 – 10:30|
Individual Presentations “Flood risk zoning of River Chenab (from Marala to Khanki)”
Mr. Muneeb, FAST University, Lahore
|10:30 – 10:40|
Individual Presentations “Prediction of Subsurface Contamination due to tannery effluent by investigating retention and leachability behavior of Chromium in soil medium”
Dr. Haroon Rasheed, Islamia University Bahawalpur
|10:40 – 10:50|
|Tea Break/ Simultaneous Poster Session||10:50 – 11:30|
Session Chair: Dr. Naeem Shahzad, MCE, NUST
Plenary “DRR Planning and Investment from the perspective of climate change”
Dr. Shoji HASEGAWA, DRR Expert, NDMA
|11:30 – 11:50|
Individual Presentation “Techno-Economic investigation of Bio-Fuel production through pyrolysis of agricultural residue”
Mr. Shoaib, IESE, SCEE, NUST
|11:50 – 12:00|
Plenary “Pyrolysis of high-ash sewage sludge: a thermo-kinetic study using TGA and artificial neural networks”
Dr. Salman Raza, Dir NSTP, NUST
|12:00 – 12:20|
Individual Presentations “Sub-Lethal Toxic Effects of Nano-Titanium Dioxide on Immunohematology And oxidative stress of Cyprinus Carpio”
Ms Nazish, IESE, SCEE, NUST
|12:20 – 12:30|
Individual Presentations “Assessment of the performance of Microbial Fuel Cell for Wastewater Treatment and Energy Recovery”
Mr. Zia, IESE, SCEE, NUST
|12:30 – 12:40|
Closing Remarks by Conference Organizing Chair
|12:40 – 13:10|
|Lunch Break||13:10 – 14:10|
National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) has come a long way as a premier S&T university of Pakistan since its inception in March 1991. It has earned the infallible reputation of being a next-generation university with a progressive and innovative outlook. Comprising 19 constituent institutions sprawled over 7 campuses across 5 cities of Pakistan, NUST has secured a coveted standing amongst the world’s elite Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Today, the university proudly stands at #400 in the world, competing with the Ivy League institutions some of which are hundreds of years old, and #83 among Asian universities, making us the only university from Pakistan to stand among top 100 in Asia. We also pride ourselves in our strong ties with international organizations and universities of repute. Over the past nearly 3 decades, the quality of education and research at NUST has grown exponentially. It is manifest in the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a range of disciplines, with all our 19 Engineering programmes accredited under the Washington Accord. Likewise, our R&D ecosystem is completely aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and socio-economic needs of Pakistan.
Military College of Engineering (MCE) was established at Risalpur in 1952. In 1962, the College was given self-degree awarding status – a singular honor among all other institutions of Pakistan Army. In 1991, the College was affiliated with Michigan State University USA for a split MS Degree Program and in 1995 MCE’s academic programs became part of NUST. 1n 2012, MCE became the pioneer institute of the country to introduce MS program in Disaster Management. The campus infrastructure and laboratories are characterized with modern high-tech facilities providing conducive learning environment. MCE’s Structural Dynamics laboratory is equipped with the country’s largest Seismic Testing Facility and state-of-the-art compression testing and Universal Testing machines. At present MCE runs 8 x academic programs in Civil Engineering disciplines with a total strength of over thousand students.
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