Climate Change: (National alliance to fight climate change formed)

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to address present and futuristic requirements of climate concerning development agendas in Pakistan, an alliance comprising civil society organizations, think tanks, academia and other stakeholders has been formed by the name of ‘Pakistan Panel on Climate Change’ with a view to provide science-based technical support to public and private sector organizations in the country.

The development, which was led by Sustainable Development Centre (SDC), took place following the 1st stakeholders’ consultative workshop ‘Establishing Panel on Climate Change in Pakistan’ hosted by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad on January 13, 2015.

The founding partners of the coalition included Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit, IWATCH, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), National Democratic Foundation, Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan, Pak Women, Health and Rural Development Services Foundation, Sustainable Development Foundation and Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, while the cause was supported by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), Engro Foundation, Government College University Faisalabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Institute of Geographical Information Systems (IGIS), NUST, Punjab Forestry Research Institute, Faisalabad, and Inter University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences Arts and Humanities (IUCPSS).

The participants of the forum were unanimous that climate governance needed science based knowledge support from civil society organizations and academia in the matters relating to policy, planning, strategies and programs of social, economic and environmental sectors, especially concerning water, food and energy security.