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PR No.12 3RD MEETING OF THE NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE DISCUSSED TO IMPROVE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF FEDERAL MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ZAHID HAMID. Islamabad: 03, April 2017

“We need to boost implementation of climate change policy with the consultation of provinces. He also told the participants that climate change council shall soon be established”, Zahid Hamid.

Three agendas were discussed in the meeting and reviewed the progress of decisions taken in second meeting. The first decision taken in second meeting was that provinces would make efforts to implement the actions identified in the Implementation Framework of National Climate change Policy. The governments of KPK, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgat Baltistan and Baluchistan have provided report on their performance on this decision. The second decision taken in second meeting was Pak-Environmental Protection Agency and Provincial Environmental Protection Agencies should include assessment of climate change impact while reviewing the Initial Environmental Examination. A concept note on climate change impacts on development projects has been developed by Ministry of Climate Change and United Nation Development Program.

The third decision was to constitute and notify a committee for rationalizing the national environmental quality standards in consultation with provinces and broader stakeholders. The committee will revise the standards on the basis sectoral scope and industry-specific issues and include Green House Gases emissions standards .The nominations from government and Baluchistan have been received and other stakeholders are still awaited.

The fourth decision was taken that all the provinces would communicate detailed progress on action being undertaken and planned in future for implementation of the NCCP to Ministry of climate change by 15th march 2016. This would include measures of adaptation, mitigation and technology needs assessment. The government of KPK AJ&K and Baluchistan has provided updates. The response from other provinces /GB/FATA is awaited.

All the provinces would take measures to build the technical capacity to deal with climate change .The Ministry of Climate Change would provide necessary technical support particularly with regards capacity building for access to climate change finance and green climate fund which is in progress.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said at the end of the meeting, “a standardized Performa will be prepared by the Ministry of Climate Change. This Performa will be sent to all concerned Departments and Ministries at Federal and Provincial level to update their progress on implementation of Climate Change policy.”

He also mentioned that, “all Ministries and departments should demand funds for the climate change policy projects in their annual budgets.”

He further said that, “Climate change policy and SDG goals should be integrated.”

Higher officials of ministry of climate change and representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, UNDP, LEAD, Pakistan meteorological department, IUCN, ministry of Water and Power and from other provinces and departments were participated in the meeting.

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