Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms, Hassan Nawaz Tarar on Tuesday said that Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world but very few studies have been conducted to measure the range and scale of climate impact on its different sectors.
He said this while chaired a Policy Dialogue on “Climate Change Adaptation, Water and Food Security in Pakistan” organized by the Planning Commission in collaboration with LEAD Pakistan in the auditorium of Ministry for Planning, Development and Reforms.
The event was well attended with representation of by senior officials from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Food Security and Research, Ministry of Water and Power, Indus River System Authority, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and ministries. The event was organized to share the findings of policy lessons drawn research conducted by LEAD Pakistan from research carried out by PIDE, SPDC, LUMS and WWF in collaboration with IDRC Canada.
Program Leader, Climate Change and Water from International Development Research Centre (IDRC),Mark Redwood said that the IDRC experience since 1970 has identified that there were governance gaps, inefficiencies in resource management, lack of diversification in livelihoods and absence of social networks in all developing countries.
“IDRC funded researches in Pakistan point to the yielded that there needs of to be more productive and early engagement among policy makers, researchers and communities while innovative solutions using multidisciplinary approach should come out of this engagement”, he added.
Director General WWF Pakistan, Hammad Naqi Khan said that the research findings should be shared with the ultimate beneficiaries i.e. the communities and provincial line departments at provincial department for better policy making and implementation.
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO LEAD Pakistan concluded the recommendations of the policy dialogue and said that the National Climate Change Policy needs to be transformed into provincial level action plans to sensitize the provinces on the issues and inform the policy making with the latest research and international best practices on climate change, water and food security.
He added that the role of think tanks is very crucial in transforming the research into policy and disseminating it at all levels. Naseer Ahmad Gillani, promised on behalf of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms that Planning Commission is willing to work with provinces to update National Climate Change Policy, making local action plans and develop inter- provincial coordination for this purpose.