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Resources, Energy & Climate

“Mass Climate Change Wars Must Be Cautioned and Acted Against” - Bled Strategic Forum

Heinrich Boell Stiftung Islamabad-Pakistan's 's Ecology Programme coordinator, Mome Saleem organized and moderated a panel discussion on climate change and security dynamics at the 13th International Conference of the Bled Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia. The panel featured prominent leaders such as Former President of the Republic of Slovenia, Danilo Turk and Dean, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston Univeersity and Former Vice Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan), DR. Adil Najam.

 

Plant for Pakistan: How Do We Make Good on the Greener Pakistan Promise?

 This article aims to understand Government writ towards conservation coupled with citizen action and how Pakistan is at a unique placement for increased green efforts. In an ongoing effort to conserve green spaces and practices,  Reclaiming Green Islamabad (RGI) celebrated 71 years of Pakistan by holding a plantation drive named, ‘Plant for Pakistan’. The plantation drive was supported by Heinrich Boell Stiftung - a German Green Foundation operational in the country since the past 25 years. 

 

Fossil-Fuel Doublespeak

On paper, almost every government in the world is committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and keeping global temperatures limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. But too many governments, parroting the oil and gas industry's misleading claims, are actually supporting the expansion of fossil fuel production.

Pakistan Climate Change Web Portal

The “Pakistan Climate Change Portal” is an online repository of Pakistan-specific knowledge on the subject of climate change. It has been developed by the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC), a registered consortium of civil society organizations working for climate action in Pakistan, and made possible with financial assistance from Heinrich Boll Stiftung and European Union.

 

Factory Pollution Dries God Shiv’s Tear in Chakwal

Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) Pakistan through its project “Journalists on Resource Equity and Climate Change” organized a workshop followed by a capacity building field visit for environmental journalists based in Lahore, to highlight the environmental degradation caused by cement factories in Kahoon Valley, District Chakwal. The three cement factories in Chakwal have already led to fast depletion of natural ponds and groundwater resources. Still two more factories are pushing their way into the beautiful valley thus threatening the remnants of environmental, social, economic and biological life of the local communities. The news reports prepared by the journalists after the field visit have brought about tremendous attention of the provincial government and the judiciary to this issue.

Framing Pakistan’s Agenda for COP23

Civil society organizations play a key role in advancing progress on climate change issues in Pakistan. They are indispensable partners for government and its line agencies, and are often consulted on climate policy and program related matters. In an effort to institutionalize this role, the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) was formed to strengthen civil society's active participation in decision making processes on climate change in Pakistan. The CSCCC is dedicated to highlighting climate change issues and in promoting informed climate action at the national, sub national, regional and international level through research, knowledge-sharing, advocacy and providing a networking platform for bringing stakeholders together to work with a “Whole of Government” and a “Whole of Civil Society” approach. As a proponent of collective action towards climate change Heinrich Boell Stiftung Pakistan thought it worthwhile to support CSCCC.

Framing Pakistan’s Agenda for COP23 (Download as PDF)

Green Parliamentarians’ Caucus (GPC)

It is not always the lack of attention from policy makers but their capacities and knowledge on environment related issues that put environment on the back-burner. In Pakistan unfortunately there is less sensitivity about environment and ecological considerations in policy making circles.

The Impact of 18th Amendment on the Energy Sector

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and Heinrich Bӧll Stiftung Pakistan (hbs) have been working together for the growth of Renewable Energy (RE) in Pakistan since 2013. In 2017 both partners are joining hands once more for holding RE Dialogues across Pakistan. Some of the main reasons of slower RE growth in Pakistan are lack of coordination between federal and provincial governments with regards to RE development, and lack of awareness among different federal and provincial agencies about their mandate relating to RE deployment especially, after 18th amendment to the Constitution. The RE dialogues assess institutional landscapes of RE at federal as well as provincial levels through engaging multi-stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector.

 

Journalists visit to GB

For the past three years (2015 to 2017) Heinrich Boell Stiftung Pakistan (hbs) under the banner of the campaign titled, “There is no planet B” started engaging journalists, youth, civil society on issues related to climate change and it’s impacts in Pakistan. The objective of the campaign is to mainstream environment conservation and climate change discourse in society as a whole and to push related policies. One successful initiatives is the formation of a cohort, “Journalists on Climate Change and Resource Equity” to familiarize journalists with the global and local climate debate and enhance their capacity to analyze climate related issues through in-house trainings and exposure visits.

On 19th August 2017, an exposure visit for a group of journalists from Urdu and English print and electronic media was organized to Gilgit Baltistan to explore three main thematic areas.

Launch of the Ocean Atlas 2017 in Karachi

The Ocean Atlas 2017 is a wake-up call. It is published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin and Schleswig Holstein, The Future Ocean cluster of excellence in Kiel and the monthly newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique. The groups are calling for local action and global regulations to raise ocean awareness, inspire societal change and to protect our oceans. In 12 brief lessons the atlas puts together the latest facts and figures on our impact on the oceans. On 25th August 2017, Ocean Atlas was launched in Karachi, Pakistan.

Resource Equity, Energy Innovations and Climate Change

Ecology and sustainable development are central areas for securing the future of humanity. The race for access to and control of scarce fossil resources, strategically important metals, land and water causes environmental degradation and human rights violations. We strive towards an equitable use of natural resources. We also are deeply committed to ensuring that those who contributed most to the global climate crisis will have to do most to solve it and that those hardest hit by climate change will be protected – both from climate change as well as from false climate solutions. To protect our natural resources and the climate we advocate for a phase out of traditional means of power generation and a phase in of renewable energy solutions.

Climate Justice and an approach towards equitable use of natural resources require fundamental changes in our economic system, cultural beliefs and power structures. We want to highlight these challenges and seek participatory sustainable solutions towards the promotion of a rights based approach to energy, climate justice and resource politics.

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