CDKN's Syed Muhammad Abubakar highlights CDKN’s efforts to assess Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as a tool to support renewable energy solutions for Sialkot, Pakistan and Indonesia. [more...]
Pakistan is acutely vulnerable to climate change and its vulnerability is set to increase between 2010 and 2030 (DARA; Climate Vulnerability Monitor, 2012). It is ranked 146th on the Human Development Index (UNDP; Human Development Index, 2014). Pakistan is a low middle income country with a quarter of the population (180 million) living below the poverty line. Chronic problems of poverty and under-development have combined with unique geo-political challenges to undermine growth prospects and coping capacities in the country. These are further exacerbated by ecological vulnerability and emerging climate change risks that can potentially become the greatest threats to national security in coming times as the population expands, rapid and unplanned urbanization continues, natural resources deplete and Pakistan goes from water stressed country to water scarce country.
Extreme events in recent years, in the form of floods, earthquake, and glacial lake outbursts, have revealed the country’s high vulnerability to climate impact and pushed disaster risk management up on the policy agenda. But it remains challenging to progress policy and funding focus from disaster relief and recovery to more long term resilience building and risk reduction measures.
CDKN is working with the Government of Pakistan to achieve proactive and inclusive policy action on low carbon and climate resilient development. The aim is to transform Government’s response to climate change and disaster risks from adhoc and short term solutions to more strategic and informed action that reduces the threat to vulnerable populations. There is also an interest in cataylizing a shift towards low carbon development pathways in key areas of the economy. Technical and research support is supporting the Government to take concrete steps for implementing the National Climate Change Policy using a participatory process.