Asset 1

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.

Express Tribune

Published Date: Jun 8, 2012

CLIMATE CHANGE: HUMAN INTERFERENCE BLAMED FOR INCREASING TEMPERATURES IN KARAKORAM NATIONAL PARK

The Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) in Gilgit-Baltistan is getting warmer due to increased rainfall and changing snow patterns.

This was the crux of a study conducted by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Italian government. The study was unveiled on Thursday at a seminar on “Consultation on Climate Change and Ecosystem Assessment of the CKNP Region”.

It explores the options available to inhabitants for adapting to climate change and to develop pilot projects in the near future. The study highlights drastic changes in the region’s climate, exacerbated by a shift in land use patterns with greater focus on agriculture and increased urbanisation have the trend.

The fauna and flora of the park are also under threat, with disappearing plant species, endangered wildlife and lower fruit production, mainly due to human interference and deforestation.

Dr Vaqar Ahmad, research fellow at SDPI, said an integrated study to explore issues and remedies through a social, economic and environmental appraisal for the CKNP region should be carried out.

He said environmental appraisal of projects must be made a pre-requisite — no such study has been carried out for Diamer-Bhasha Dam, Bungi Dam or public sector development programmes in the region. Dr Ahmad said the focus on the socio-economic impact of climate change must go beyond poverty and address dimensions of food security.

China is investing $100 billion in neighbouring XinJiang province over the next five years for development and Pakistan must assess the environmental costs associated with it, he added.

Haruko Okusu, Programme Officer at UNEP, said that CKNP region is highly vulnerable to impact of climate change and efforts must be made to improve the local communities’ quality of life. Conservation of environment, architectural and cultural heritage of the region is also essential.

She said it is important to enhance the capacity of local communities and institutions to adapt to climate change for sustainable development in the area.

Shafqat Kakakhel, former United Nations assistant secretary general, said the impact of climate change is likely to accelerate in the region and we must act fast to cope with challenges and conserve the environment and preserve culture and biodiversity of CKNP region which is of global importance.

At the end of the session, speakers recommended establishing a steering committee under the purview of the ministry of climate change to protect biodiversity and the region’s ecosystem.