ISLAMABAD - Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, an NGO, organised a workshop titled “Mainstreaming Climate Change in Punjab’s Growth Strategy & SGD Plans”, where high ranking government officials, development practitioners, media professionals and general public participated.
Arif Rahman, Coordinator Vulnerability Resilience, Climate Change, LEAD Pakistan, gave an overview of LEAD Pakistan and highlighted its tradition of capacity building as well as its competence areas of research and the objectives of current capacity building workshop.
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, and Director Asia, Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), emphasised that understanding climate change complexities and its possible effects through scientific jargon can be a daunting task.
Dr Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry, author of National Climate Change Policy 2012 and Ex-DG Pakistan Meteorological Department, gave an overview of the climate change policy and framework for implementation.
A panel discussion moderated by Hasan Akhtar Rizvi, Chief Knowledge Officer, LEAD Pakistan, focused on the Punjab Growth Strategy, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change was discussed. There was also group work on five areas of the provincial climate change policy i.e. water and irrigation; food security, energy, disaster and gender.
Moreover group work on SDGs and Punjab’s growth strategy was moderated by Arif Rahman and every group of experts came up with recommendations to be submitted through presentations.
Arif Rahman, Coordinator Climate Change Programme, LEAD Pakistan, delivered a lecture on Assessing Climate Change Vulnerabilities, whereas Nadeem Ahmad, Policy Analyst, LEAD Pakistan, elaborated on SDG Reporting Mechanisms.
The recommendations were summed up by Arshad Rafiq, Coordinator Communications, LEAD Pakistan, bringing the workshop to a close. The workshop was an endeavor to ensure an all-inclusive process of developing the Punjab Climate Change Policy. The workshop informed the participants of the latest conversations, debates and opportunities that exist within the realm of Climate Change.