South Asian News Agency (SANA)
Published Date: Jul 24, 2014
Facets of governance, institution, power play in climate change: Seminar
Sustainable Development Policy Institute held a seminar on climate change and its various
dimensions in a global political economy. Researchers including,
Masooma Hassan, Sarosh Sikandar and Shakeel Ramay, provided perspectives
and scope of climate and development between governance and
institutions and various cash flows from multi-lateral and bi-lateral
While identifying the structural processes and global and national
constrains that inhibit climate change finance, with specific focus on
arid and semi-arid regions, researchers shed a light on some of the
least researched ecological zones.
According to the technical knowledge from Pak metrological Dept and
Global change Impact center, climate change as a security threat is
prevalent of weak governance and highlighting and mobilizing adaptation
and mitigation processes is vital. Awareness of mal-adaptation is
required and it must be taken into account that power is played with in
It was further added that while covering the Political economy, Macro
analysis, thematic analysis and problem driven analysis, the tag line
is Think global and act local.
Former Minister for Environment Malik Amin Aslam, Dr. Rehana
Siddiqui, PIDE and Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel provided their candid
opinions on Climate Change governance issue.
Dr. Amin Aslam Former Minister of State for Environment, Presented on
climate change and the complexities that exist within it. According to
him at the global and local level an intricate web exists. The regional
challenges due the population density in the region being highest, the
world makes it a volatile and vulnerable region. Although Pakistan is
low on the emission side yet it is one of the most affected regions by
There exists a patchy and inconsistent preparedness of disaster
management and institutional response, needed for local institutions to
sync with global mechanisms.
Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, chairperson Board of Governors, SDPI
provided context and the relevance of climate change, imperative to
Pakistan with majority district located in arid and semi-arid zones.
PRISE aims to generate knowledge relevant and policy relevant, urging
institutional linkages and collaboration. Institutional assessment is
necessary to prevent the rapid decay in issues of climate change,
capacity building is necessary to national and provincial governments
for addressing and rebuking climate change skepticism. He further added
that the decay of climate finance is not isolated incident but is
prevalent in all governance. Through resolutions adopted by provinces
calling for a robust mechanism to climate change challenges, Inter
provincial cooperation is mandatory.
According to Dr. Rehana Siddiqui, Joint Director PIDE, who
highlighted the need to translate information into action, institutional
constraints have crippled the pace of reformative action. Awareness
must be brought to the issue, education on subject matter is necessary
for not just institutions and agencies but general public to better
understand what climate change is. This will help to mobilize adaptation
and mitigation measures.
She also discussed about how to target all sectors of climate change,
to make them understand the adverse and over-arching issues of climate
change, as it is the people who will adapt. While confronting the
element of uncertainty, and improving knowledge to fill in such
information gaps and inconsistencies to prevent skepticism and
exploitation, we need to identify the role of institutions in the Green
Revolution and capacity building.