Director-General, Coastal Development Authority, Sindh

Dr. Shaikh also served as head of the government agency for the development of the coastal region as well as the communities living in therein along the 320 km long coastline of Sindh province. In that capacity, he had to prepare a strategy tor the infrastructural as well as human development in the deltaic region of river Indus, characterized by a network of tidal creeks and small islands. Being the low-lying area, this was the region supposed to be affected the most by the rise in sea level due to climate change.His task also included the dissemination of information amongst the communities living there about their vulnerability to climate-change and the risks associated with the phenomenon. To make the task difficult was the fact that the communities living there had the lowest rate of literacy (10%) coupled with the highest rates of poverty (90%), making them unapproachable through conventional tools of information dissemination like use of media. Within the brief period available, visited the far-flung areas to get the first-hand information, developed a development strategy for the government and had devised a new set of communication tools including engaging the communities in informal settings. At the end of assignment, organized a conference on “Coastal Sindh: Challenges and Opportunities”at Karachi in March 2009. The event was widely reported in the national media.