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  • Taimur Chambers Plot # 10-D (WEST), Fazal-ul-Haq Rd, Islamabad
  • (+92) 51-2278134, (+92) 51-2278135

Policy Recommendations Details

Climate stakeholders from Pakistan and India met through a Track II dialogue from 13-15 February 2012 in Islamabad to discuss issues related to water, energy, adaptation, gender equity and livelihoods. It was acknowledged by all that climate change exacerbates vulnerability of South Asia, which is already one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. Pakistan and India not only share common borders but also similar threats from climate change. While changing climate has posed new challenges, the governments and civil society of both the countries must work towards turning these challenges into opportunities for low carbon sustainable development and the promotion of peace in the region. The participants identified following areas of cooperation to take the relationship of two countries to a new level:

Both countries need to work together to address  common challenges posed by climate change in order to achieve food security, energy security, sustainable livelihoods, conservation of biodiversity, enhanced water use efficiency, Promotion of low carbon sustainable development and building  resilient communities and networks.

  1. Energy needs of Pakistan and India are growing to bring sizeable population out of poverty and achieve economic growth. Both countries need to work together to ensure universal access to sustainable and affordable energy, including through the optimization of renewable energy potential in the region, measures to promote green energy, consider the establishment of South Asian Energy Grid.
  2. The achievement of these goals will be furthered by the use of best available scientific and local knowledge. Governments, academic institutions, and civil society organizations need to work together to prepare compendium of best policy frameworks / practices in respect of the above.
  3. Education, mutual learning and sharing of experience and knowledge needs to be promoted between government agencies, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, and other stakeholders in both the countries through the building of networks and establishment of exchange programmes of experts, researchers and journalists.
  4. Women must be involved in all decision making levels and processes in order to incorporate their perspectives and address their specific needs and vulnerabilities.
  5. Networks of expatriate South Asians can provide invaluable support in the form of financing, knowledge sharing and access to information and technology.
  6. Adaptation strategies must be designed keeping in view the shared ecosystems in the region, such as mountains, glaciers, rivers and monsoon systems as well as the common interest of countries and prevention of conflict.
  7. The relevant decisions adopted by SAARC summits on Climate Change, especially those pertaining to food security and disaster risk reduction should be implemented through enhanced cooperation and removal of impediments.
  8. SAARC should carry out a feasibility study on the establishment of a green climate fund for South Asia.
  9. Establish ‘Climate Policy Coordination Group’ between policymakers of two countries to harmonize positions at international fora.
Participants thank the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS) for the excellent arrangements and hospitality.