Facets of governance, institution, power play in climate change: Seminar

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Sustainable Development Policy Institute held a seminar on climate change and its various dimensions in a global political economy. Researchers including, Masooma Hassan, Sarosh Sikandar and Shakeel Ramay, provided perspectives and scope of climate and development between governance and institutions and various cash flows from multi-lateral and bi-lateral channels.

While identifying the structural processes and global and national constrains that inhibit climate change finance, with specific focus on arid and semi-arid regions, researchers shed a light on some of the least researched ecological zones.

According to the technical knowledge from Pak metrological Dept and Global change Impact center, climate change as a security threat is prevalent of weak governance and highlighting and mobilizing adaptation and mitigation processes is vital. Awareness of mal-adaptation is required and it must be taken into account that power is played with in political actives.

It was further added that while covering the Political economy, Macro analysis, thematic analysis and problem driven analysis, the tag line is Think global and act local.

Former Minister for Environment Malik Amin Aslam, Dr. Rehana Siddiqui, PIDE and Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel provided their candid opinions on Climate Change governance issue.

Dr. Amin Aslam Former Minister of State for Environment, Presented on climate change and the complexities that exist within it. According to him at the global and local level an intricate web exists. The regional challenges due the population density in the region being highest, the world makes it a volatile and vulnerable region. Although Pakistan is low on the emission side yet it is one of the most affected regions by climate change.

There exists a patchy and inconsistent preparedness of disaster management and institutional response, needed for local institutions to sync with global mechanisms.

Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, chairperson Board of Governors, SDPI provided context and the relevance of climate change, imperative to Pakistan with majority district located in arid and semi-arid zones.

PRISE aims to generate knowledge relevant and policy relevant, urging institutional linkages and collaboration. Institutional assessment is necessary to prevent the rapid decay in issues of climate change, capacity building is necessary to national and provincial governments for addressing and rebuking climate change skepticism. He further added that the decay of climate finance is not isolated incident but is prevalent in all governance. Through resolutions adopted by provinces calling for a robust mechanism to climate change challenges, Inter provincial cooperation is mandatory.

According to Dr. Rehana Siddiqui, Joint Director PIDE, who highlighted the need to translate information into action, institutional constraints have crippled the pace of reformative action. Awareness must be brought to the issue, education on subject matter is necessary for not just institutions and agencies but general public to better understand what climate change is. This will help to mobilize adaptation and mitigation measures.

She also discussed about how to target all sectors of climate change, to make them understand the adverse and over-arching issues of climate change, as it is the people who will adapt. While confronting the element of uncertainty, and improving knowledge to fill in such information gaps and inconsistencies to prevent skepticism and exploitation, we need to identify the role of institutions in the Green Revolution and capacity building.


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May 2021