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Pakistan-India Track II Dialogue on (Climate) Change for Peace

Feb 13 - Feb 15

9.00am to 4:30PM

Best Western Hotel, Islamabad


cooperation between Pakistan
and India
can convert the climate change challenge into an opportunity for welfare and
peace of the region. Dialogue is essential between the two countries on
challenging socio-economic and environmental issues in order to devise a
regional strategy to combat climate change and to provide comprehensive,
participatory, policy-relevant, science-based assessment of environment in South Asia to policy makers to resolve problems.

Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Center for Science and Environment
(CSE) with the support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS) are honoured to provide
a platform ‘Pakistan-India Track II Dialogue on Climate Change’ for people
across the border to come and discuss the possibilities for cooperation and
sustainable development under climate change regime in the region with joint
research-policy-action and sharing of technology, knowledge and experiences.


  • Instigate the collective efforts by developing an actionable agenda for
    climate change in Pakistan
    and India
    in the areas of water, energy, gender, and, livelihood.
  • Aim at reducing tensions between India
    and Pakistan
    by providing an opportunity to engage representatives of both countries in
    Track-2-consultations on issues of mutual concern.

event will instigate the collective efforts by developing an actionable agenda
for climate change in Pakistan
and India
in the areas of water, energy, gender, and, livelihood. It would also aim at
reducing tensions between India
and Pakistan
by providing an opportunity to engage representatives of both countries in
Track-2-consultations on issues of mutual concern.

possible responses to the impacts of the changing climate are not only a
growing concern among the scientists but a greater issue at hand for the policy
and the decision makers. Some potential impacts of climate change such as
glacier melting; decreasing crop yields, variability in monsoon and sea-level
rise etc. are estimated to have a strong regional presence. These impacts
increase the risk of food insecurity, malnutrition and are a danger to the
human settlement due to increased frequency of floods, droughts, cyclones and
tsunamis. Pakistan and India, being
the big nations in the region have responsibility to sustain the depleting
shared precious natural resources directly or indirectly. Therefore, robust
regional policy responses for adaption and mitigation to vulnerabilities and
impacts on various sectors such as water, agriculture, energy, and livelihoods
will need to be devised.


  • Ms. Britta Peterson, Country Director, Heinrich Boll Stiftung
    (HBS) Pakistan
  • Mr. Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director, Centre for Science and
    Environment (CSE), India
  • Mr. K.Srinivas , Chief Executive Office (CEO), Vasudha Foundation, India
  • Mr. Sanjay Vashist, Programme Advisor Climate Change, Heinrich
    Boll Foundation, India Office
  • Prof. Dr. Jurgen Scheffran, Institute
    of Geography, University of Hamburg,
    Head of the Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC)
  • Mr. Harjeet Singh, Climate Justice Coordinator, Action Aid
    International, India
  • Dr. Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable
    Development, United Nations, New
  • Mr. Shams-ul-Mulk, Ex- Chairman, WAPDA
  • Mr. Shahid Sattar, Member Energy, Planning Commission of Pakistan
  • Mr. Mehmood Cheema, Manager IUCN, Islamabad
  • Dr. Ashiq Khan, Former Chief Technical Advisor, WWF-Pakistan
  • Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, Ex-Minister Environment, Government of Pakistan
  • Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Chief Executive, LEAD Pakistan
  • Dr. Saba Gul Khattak, Member Social Sector, Planning Commission
  • Mr. Chaudhry Inayatullah, Regional Programme Coordinator, ICIMOD
  • Dr. Asad Server Qureshi, Water Resources Management Specialist,
    International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Mr. Syed Mujtaba, Deputy Secretary Climate Change, Government of
  • Dr. Ejaz Khan, Deputy Director General, WWF Islamabad
  • Mr. Azmat Hayat Khan, Director Pakistan Met Department (PMD)
  • Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
  • Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Senior Research Associate, SDPI
  • Mr. Kashif Majeed Salik, Senior Research Associate, SDPI
  • Mr. Arshad H. Abbasi, Advisor Water & Energy, SDPI
  • Ms. Mome Saleem, Research Associate, SDPI
  • Mr. Tahir Dhindsa, Managing Editor SDTV (Web TV)


Click here to download the agenda

Download Presentations:

  1. Climate Change – A Non traditional Security Threat
  2. Climate Change Adaptation in Asia
  3. Energy-Pakistan
  4. Engendering the Climate for change
  5. Gender, Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
  6. Livelihoods, Agriculture and Climate Change- Threats Prospects and Areas of Cooperation
  7. Climate Change Adaptation
  8. Climate Change and Livelihoods-Coastal Communities of Pakistan
  9. Climate change and water challenges in South Asia
  10. Ensuring 100% Clean Energy Access in South Asia Countries
  11. Living with Changing Climate-Indian Sundarbans
  12. Trends in Vulnerabilities of Pakistan in the context of Climate Change
  13. Climate Change as a Non-traditional Security Threat From Conflict to Cooperation in South Asia
  14. Climate Change and Sustainable Development