Consultative Workshop to Develop Environment Policy for Gilgit-Baltistan
November 17, 2023
Islamabad, 15 November 2023 — United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan in collaboration with Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency conducted a comprehensive consultative workshop with all relevant stakeholders to develop the Gilgit-Baltistan Environment Policy. The workshop was aimed at strengthening the climate resilience of communities through the generation of imperative and strategic policy interventions based specifically on context of the area.
“Pakistan is at the frontlines of global climate crisis, further affecting vulnerable communities in the country disproportionately. To curb these challenges, a collaborative effort between the government, civil society organizations, private sector, and the development sector is required as it is not the responsibility of just one organization.”, said Captain Retd. Mushtaq Ahmed, Additional Chief Secretary, Gilgit-Baltistan. He also added, “Such workshops should be inclusive, focusing on engaging communities that are most vulnerable, so awareness in such areas is increased making the communities mindful about the use of resources and its sustainability”.
The workshop commenced with welcoming remarks and a presentation on the “State of Environment of Gilgit-Baltistan”, by Mr. Shehzad Hasan Shigri, Director, GB-EPA, wherein he gave an overview of already executed and ongoing interventions, highlighting the gaps, and stressing the need for more interventions, on a bigger scale and an environment policy that encompasses all.
A multitude of government departments and agencies, academic institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector engaged in the workshop ensuring ownership of the document and an all-inclusive approach. Additionally, 23 women from different walks of life attended the workshop ensuring gender-responsive recommendations to be included in the upcoming GB Environment Policy.
Mr. Usman Manzoor, Programme Officer, UNDP gave an overview of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Long-Term Strategy (LTS), and relevant interventions executed by UNDP under the Climate Promise Project, followed by a presentation that outlined the key focus areas of upcoming GB Environment Policy. Subsequently, the participants were divided into groups based on following thematic areas: Hydrology and Water Resources, Biodiversity, Green Initiative and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Livelihood and Social Protection, and Environment Policy. After the discussion on recommendations in the group work facilitated by UNDP consultant and others, presentations on the key takeaways from discussions were given, ensuring all participants were aware of the progress of each, and to be noted by UNDP for future use.
Through the Climate Promise Project, UNDP aims to support the provincial governments in developing policies aligned with the targets of NDCs and LTS. Other than the support provided to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to develop an environmental policy, the project is also supporting the Government of Balochistan in developing its Climate Change Policy, Action Plan, and Financing Strategy, as well as, supporting the Government of Sindh in developing the Karachi Climate Action Plan, to facilitate the achievement of targets laid down in the NDCs.
For additional information, please contact Shuja Hakim at Shuja.Hakim@undp.org or +92 (51) 835 5657
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