The SAARCH 14 held at Kathmandu, Nepal 5th and 6th February 2016 focused on creating awareness of environmental changes leading to ongoing disasters. The SAARCH region is prone to a variety of disasters. Globally, there is a movement to build back safer after disasters, in order to reduce future risk and vulnerability and support sound development. In addition, global humanitarian standards and policy call for reducing or eliminating negative environmental impacts of recovery and reconstruction. It is essential that sound environmental practices are integrated into disaster response, recovery and risk reduction, otherwise they carry a strong risk of environmental degradation, affecting economic activities and giving rise to more severe disasters in the future.

The IAP Delegation led by the IAP President, Ar. Ali Zafar Qazi arrived along with other international guests for the 14th SAARCH Assembly and Council Meeting on February 4th 2016 at Kathmandu, Nepal. The delegation was met with a warm traditional Nepalese welcome at the airport. IAP delegation comprised of 6 members, President Ar. Ali Zafar Qazi, Keynote Speaker Ar. Arif Hasan, Speaker Ar. Fauzia Hussain Qureshi and delegates Ar. Yousuf Ghouri and Ar. Amina Qayyum Mirza.