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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.

Published Date: Jul 21, 2014

Climate risks and its impacts on Markets and Growth: The Case of Pakistan: SDPI’s Press Release

Sustainable Development Policy Institute conducted a consultative seminar on “Climate risks and its impacts on Markets and Growth: The Case of Pakistan”. The
seminar was convened as a first test run to share reports on climate
risks and climate markets and identifying multiple vulnerabilities to
climate change within Pakistan. The strategy involved the stakeholders
form the beginning, for a more inclusive and transparent methodologies
on climate finance.

Senior
researchers including Daud Alam, Rabia Masood and Summaviya ,
introduced the climate change and its argumentative impacts at the
global level, specifically focusing the developing world, highlighting
linkages between climate change with risk, the tragedy of global commons
and the urgent need for climate resilient infrastructures.

The
researchers further recommended that the adaptive capacity of
institutions must be improved, as climate change has adverse effects on
all sectors, specifically agriculture and the cotton industry which is
the main cash crop in Pakistan. Pakistan ranks as the 8th
most vulnerable country in the world to climate change. The Impacts of
Climate change derail the markets, precisely including the cotton,
transport and the energy sectors. It was emphasized that a call for an
immediate induction of social protection to help the country sustain and
transition towards more eco-friendly approaches, was required.

Guest
speaker Mia Masud, specifically highlighted the need to focus on the
textile industry being the back bone of the economy, which ranks as no. 4
in the world producers; floods, droughts and rise of temperature has
severely impacted the cotton production as it is heavily sensitive to
climate change and has fallen below demand and effected foreign
reserves. There is a need for the agriculture sector to be tasked to
cater to the cotton industry, and also to look towards other potential
sectors as well to reduce dependence on cotton, focusing not just on
domestic product but global market trends.

Dr.Usman
Mustafa who is an Agriculture economist, also spoke of the urgent need
to draw attention to the issue of climate change, and that there was a
vital need for clear cut goals and strategies that are region specific
to be able to adopt an effective methodology. He said that the third
World countries suffer the most due to their heavy reliance on the
agriculture sector which is 100% weather dependent. That is why it is
necessary to explore other scope and alternative crops and adaptive
measure to be more climate resilient. Climate change alters bio
diversity at the most minute levels that threatens our food security,
therefore there must be coherence between long term and short term
goals, and long term coping mechanisms. An important area that must be
brought to light is changing of consumption habits.

Javed
Ali Khan, former Director General of Environment and Climate Change,
stressed the need to engage more deeply in challenges affecting our
country, with a model tailored to country specific needs in Pakistan.
While creating connections between climate change and markets, he said
that market vibrancy is based on potential. He referred to a recent
study according to which climate change and the related challenges were
experienced in eight districts of Sindh that suffered from climate
change.

He
further added, communicating at a grass root level was very important
to fully understand the effects of climate change. Climate change has
depleted market potentials. Pakistan’s agricultural research
institutions in these areas are working on water resistant and drought
resistant seeds, which have the capacity to sustain and cope with the
adverse climate effects due to enhanced technology. Climate change
effects every ecosystem differently so there can be no blue print
approach, intensive and in-depth study is necessary. Working with UN
habitat and studying projections till the end of 21sth century has
predicted a positive effect in North of Pakistan with longer summers.