Partner: Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS)
As the effects of climate change unfold in Pakistan, the need for an informed response has become glaringly evident. The issue of climate change extends beyond being a mere environmental concern; it has emerged as a grave developmental challenge in the country. Much of the discussion around climate change revolves around natural calamities; a change in weather behaviours; and weather extremes. While this discussion is extremely useful, one cannot say that climate change is the result of weather extremes only. The 6th IPCC report links climate change with human activities. While it is true that natural calamities cannot be avoided, it is also true that human actions may be able to stop natural calamities turning into human disasters. Thus the rationale of the project is to understand the nexus between natural calamities and governance to prepare an informed response to climate change.
Coordinating adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer; having plans ready to face the consequences of climate change beforehand (being “prepared”); bringing all the involved stakeholders on board; creating but also operating and maintaining physical structures and institutions for climate change preparedness are all facets of governance. In trying to help prepare an informed response to climate change by taking into account governance factors that may aggravate the impacts of weather extremes in Pakistan, Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS), Pakistan is funding a study to investigate the current status of the following features of governance within a broader climate regime in Pakistan; political stability, a fair and consistent application of the law, transparency in decision making and implementation, multilevel governance, stakeholder engagement in decision making and implementation and scientific knowledge to guide decision making. The activities of the project include: research (primary and secondary); focus group discussions; key informant interviews, in kind collaboration with international scholars (such as German academician and Integrity watch Afghanistan) on developing governance indicators. The project is undertaken by the SDPI team mainly in Islamabad but consultations were also held in provincial capitals.