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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.

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.

Reclaiming Green Islamabad; Plantation Drive

On 14th August 2017- Reclaiming Green Islamabad (RGI) celebrated the 70th birthday (Independence Day) of Pakistan by launching its first activity; a plantation drive supported by the Heinrich Boell Stiftung. The aim of the activity was to raise awareness on environmental issues and translate words into action with regards to climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

Framing Pakistan’s Agenda: Pre-COP23 Consultative Dialogue

Heinrich Boell Stiftung Pakistan is geared towards enlarging knowledge and expertise in order to enable CSOs and government to negotiate and contribute to the implementation of climate change resilient initiatives. In this regards it implements and supports programmes and initiatives that help transition towards the goal it has set for itself. One such initiative is the series of consultative dialogues between Civil Society and the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC). The aim of the dialouges series is to frame Pakistan’s agenda at COP 23. The initiative is being implemented by the Mountain and Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO) under the banner of Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC). The proposed dialogues will deliberate on the following climate change thematic areas: (i) Adaptation & Mitigation, (ii) Loss & Damage, (iii) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), (iv) Means of Implementation (MoI), (v) New Market Mechanisms, (vi) Transparency & MRV. The proceedings of the consultative dialogue series will be compiled and published in the form of a report. The first dialog on Adaptation & Mitigation took place on 18th July 2017.

Lahore Conservation in the wake of hyper-infrastructure development

The provincial level resource equity dialogs were initiated based on the recommendations from the Federal level dialog on resource equity. The topic for each dialog at provincial level was selected around the water, land and energy nexus which was defined through the federal level dialog. The framework of each dialog was set around hbs’s resource equity memo-“Resource Politics for a Fair Future”, so that the participants could be introduced to the global debate on resource equity.  Province specific ecological case studies were also shared based on the book titled “Water in the Wilderness” to create a wider understanding about the basic ecological landscape of the province.

With or without the Paris Agreement –Trump won’t have the Last Word on US Climate Policy

With states, cities, and citizens willing to double down and move ahead with climate commitments, the global community can still count on many Americans’ willingness to act responsibly in support of global climate actions, even if their White House is not. Unfortunately, such activism will not make up for the failure of the Trump administration to make good on its international climate finance obligation.

Gilgit-Baltistan; Land and Water in the Light of Economic Development Projects

The provincial level resource equity dialogs were initiated based on the recommendations from the Federal level dialog on resource equity. The topic for each dialog at provincial level was selected around the water, land and energy nexus which was defined through the federal level dialog. The framework of each dialog was set around hbs’s resource equity memo-“Resource Politics for a Fair Future”, so that the participants could be introduced to the global debate on resource equity.  Province specific ecological case studies were also shared based on the book titled “Water in the Wilderness” to create a wider understanding about the basic ecological landscape of the province.

Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Region

Heinrich Boell Stiftung in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute held a panel titled, “Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Region” at the Sustainable Development Conference in December 2016.  The objective of the panel was to foster learning around renewable energies across countries in Asia in the wake of climate change and increased demand of energy due to population increase and development plans.

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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