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.