Islamabad - All provinces assured to Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan that they will corporate with the federal government in implantation of the first climate change policy in the country.

The policy was approved by the former government in 2012. The poor response of all provinces and stakeholders was the main hurdle in the implantation of policy and federal ministry had sent several reminders to all provinces in this regard.

It was first meeting on the implantation of Climate Change policy that was held at the ministry of climate change under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Mushahid Ullah Khan. Top key representative of all provinces, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan attended the meeting. Provincial representatives ensured the federal ministry that they would support the ministry in dealing with the negative impacts of climate change and boost the Pakistan’s climate resilience.

It was decided in the meeting that all provincial, AJK and GB governments will establish and notify provincial climate change policy implementation committees with additional chief secretaries as their respective chairpersons.

The provincial government shall report to the climate change ministry about their progress “on priority policy actions as proposed in the national climate change implementation framework” within next 30 days.  Each province will send their plans to show how they will implement the short-term and priority policy actions together with financing mechanism; the provinces shall send climate change adaptation and mitigation project proposals by no later than May 5, 2015 forwarding on to the Green Climate Fund (Operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established in 2010) for consideration before.  

Forest wing of the federal climate change ministry shall produce forest-related Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to boost country’s forest sector for tackling climate change impacts.

The climate change ministry also proposed that climate change sections should be established in the federal planning commission and provincial planning and development departments for smooth coordination between the federal and provincial governments on climate change-related matters.

While chairing the meeting, Mushahid said that the federal government alone cannot cope with vagaries of the climate change . All provincial governments and AJ&K government have to be on the same page for this purpose.

The minister stressed upon the private sector to come forward in this national fight against climate change . “There are many countries in the world which are successfully reducing their climate-vulnerabilities and the private sector has played a vibrant role in this regard,” the minister argued.

Similarly, the private sector in Pakistan needs to be vibrant for boosting government’s efforts aimed at tackling country’s climate-vulnerability, he added.