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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Sustainable forest ecosystem management in Pakistan

Jun 3

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Concept Note

The world is losing about 4.7 million hectares of tropical forests amid growing pressures on forest lands from rising populations; the forests are being degraded due to huge logging, firewood cutting, pollution and pests’ attacks; wildfires also adding fuel to the climate change that is devastating forest ecosystems; the trees which are not part of forests are being cut to build houses, roads and dams and for intensive agriculture. The government of Pakistan as part of its national and global commitment is taking steps to ecosystems restoration. s

Expressing its commitment to forest ecosystems restoration, Pakistan is undertaking forestation and plantation under TBTTP, and is conserving wild plants and animals and protecting soils and water sources that are part of the forest ecosystem. The commitment is expressed through the resolve that the country is maintaining 5.45% area under forest cover. Out of the total area, 3.44 million hectares forests are on the state-owned lands and remaining on commercial and private lands. Pakistan has created a balance between the existing forest stands and the domestic needs of forests.

The Government of Pakistan with the support of the UNEP and the stakeholders is implementing various events for raising awareness, building technical capacity, sharing knowledge and good practices, and forging partnerships for ecosystem restoration to launch the UN Decade.

As part of the World Environment Day events, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) as one of the key partners of UNEP, the Government of Pakistan, and other agencies in undertaking some of the activities planned to successful observance of the WED and launch of The Decade. The SDPI would like to generate a debate on Pakistan’s forests ecosystems restoration commitment and challenges so that the country takes steps to achieve the target of forests ecosystems restoration.

Chief Guest: Honourable Mr. Shah Farman, Governor KPK/ Honourable Mr. Mehmood
Khan, Chief Minister KPK

Special Remarks: Mr. Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, Provincial Minister for the Department
of Environment, Forestry & Wildlife


  • Amb. Shafqat Kakakhel Chairperson BoG SDPI (Opening Remarks)
  • Malik Amin Aslam, SAPM on Climate Change (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani Vice Chancellor, University of Haripur, – Haripur (Online)
  • Prof. Dr. Jameel Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, Hazara University, Mansehra (Online)
  • Prof. Dr. Masroor Ilahi Babar, Vice Chancellor, Gomal University, D I Khan (Online)
  • Prof. Dr. Idrees Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar (In person)
  • Prof. Dr. Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar (In person)
  • Mr. Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, Provincial Minister for the Department of Environment, Forestry & Wildlife (Special Remarks)
  • Honourable Mr. Shah Farman, Governor KP or – Honourable Mr. Mehmood Khan, Chief Minister KP (Chief Guest)

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