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Published Date: May 19, 2012

IT IS TIME TO REVISIT POLICIES ACCORDING TO ?GREEN ECONOMY? CONCEPT

We are living in red zone and there is a dire need for transforming this red zone into green by inculcating the green economy concept in our policies, especially at provincial level,” said International Union of Conservation of Nature (Pakistan) Vice-President Javed Jabbar.
He was speaking at a two-day National Consultation on ‘Green Economy’ jointly organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, One UN Joint Programme on Environment, Pakistan, Ministry of Climate Change, Heinrich Boll Stiftung and the LEAD Pakistan here on Friday.
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haque, chairing the opening session, said: “Ours is one of the most resilient nations in the world undergoing a number of extreme natural and man-made disasters over the last sixty years.” He said that a fundamental conceptual shift at the government, public and media level is needed besides revision of consumption patterns, existing destructive growth strategies through adoption of ecological economics.
Dr. Haque said that time has come to revisit policies and rethink discourse according to the green economy concept. He said that the existing policy framework and ways for managing resources in the country were now obsolete. Talking about government’s relevance in shaping and managing the economy, he observed that it is time to think holistically about the economy and productivity in creative and focused manner while exploring the linkages between growth and green economy.
Ambassador of Brazil Alfred Leoni said that more than 120 heads of states had confirmed their participation in the Rio+20, which will fundamentally revolve around green economy and institutional framework for sustainable development. He hoped that the conference will be a landmark event for the large gathering of international community to deliberate on global challenges of extreme poverty, hunger and environmental degradation.
United Nations Resident Coordinator Timo Pakkala reiterated the UN commitment to support Pakistan to promote economic growth and spearhead its pace towards sustainable development while appreciating recent developments at policy level, including establishment of Ministry of Climate Change and Action Plan on Adaptation and Mitigation.
Wapda Chairman Shakil Durrani said that one-third of electricity generation in the country is renewable which is expected to increase by 60% by 2025. Most of this increase would be based on hydel projects, he added.
Khalid Mohtadullah, director of the International Water Management Institute, expressed his dismay over unequal water distribution and inefficient water practices in agriculture and suggested rebuilding and strengthening institutional capacity to ensure water availability for growing population needs.
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, chief executive officer of the LEAD Pakistan, said: “Green growth in our context meant efficient, appropriate and affordable use of our natural resources.
”Dr. Tariq Banuri, former chief of the SDPI, warned “If we planned one policy and something other happened, we will have to figure out what works and what does not work for us and this is why a few countries developed and some did not.”
Giving a brief overview of the green economy, Shafqat Kakakhel, former deputy executive director of the UNEP, said that consultation will examine the relevance of the green economy to Pakistan’s economic and social circumstances as well as global discourse on this concept.
Earlier, welcoming the participants, Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, executive director of the SDPI, welcomed participants and hoped that the consultation will decide Pakistan’s stance in purview of the green economy and poverty eradication in Rio +20. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, former minister of state for environment, also spoke on the occasion.