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Published Date: Feb 16, 2012

INDO- PAK URGED TO PROMOTE GREEN ENERGY

Deliberating on water, energy, adaptation, gender equity and livelihoods the climate stakeholders adopted a resolution on the concluding day of Track II Dialogue on (Climate) Change for peace’, jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Heinrich Boll Stiftung  (HBS) Wednesday.

They stressed on both the coun­tries to work together to address common challenges posed by the climate change in order to achieve food and energy security, sustainable livelihoods, conservation of biodiversity enhanced water use efficiency, promotion of low carbon sustainable development and building resilient com­munities and networks.

They said energy needs of both the countries are growing to bring sizeable population out of poverty and achieve economic growth. Both countries need to work together to ensure universal access to sustainable and affordable energy, including through the optimi­sation of renewable energy potential in the region, measures to promote green energy, and establishment of South Asian Energy Grid.

Stressing upon the need of best available scientific and local knowl­edge, they said governments, academic institutions and civil society organisa­tions need to work together to prepare compendium of best policy frameworks/practices.

Deliberating over education, they underlined mutual learning and sharing of experience and knowledge between the government agencies, civil society organisations, academic and research institutions, and other stake­holders through building of networks and establishment of exchange pro­grammes of experts, researchers and journalists.

Highlighting importance of gender equality, they said women must be involved at all the decision-making levels and processes in order to incorporate their perspective and address their specific needs and vulnerabilities. Furthermore, networks of expatri­ate South Asians can provide invalu­able support in the form of financ­ing, knowledge sharing, and access to information and technology which should be materialised.

The resolution further underlines on adaptation strategies which must be designed keeping  in view the shared ecosystems in the region such as mountains, glaciers, rivers and mon­soon systems as well as the common interests of countries including pre­vention of conflict.