National Committee of IUCN Members in Pakistan meets in Islamabad

The Pakistan National Committee (PNC) of IUCN members met in Islamabad on March 26, 2010.

Backdrop for workshop on post COP 15

The meeting was chaired by its newly elected Chairperson Mr. Mohammad Tahseen and attended by all members of the PNC. The PNC members decided the composition for the Executive Committee as follows:

Mr. Mohammad Tahseen, Executive Director, South Asia Partnership–Pakistan

Vice Chair:
Secretary, Forest and Wildlife, Sindh Wildlife Department

Regional Councillor:
Mr. Javed Jabbar

Executive Committee members:
1) Ms. Maryam Bibi, Chief Executive Officer, Khwendo Kor
2) Secretary, Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab
3) Ms. Samina Khan, Executive Director, SUNGI Development Foundation
4) Dr. Rashid Bajwa, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP)

Members also noted the importance of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, and expressed the need for more coordinated and collaborative efforts to support the initiative.

The PNC meeting was preceded by a workshop on “Copenhagen Accord and Pakistan: Positioning for Mexico”, which was attended by members and other partner organizations of IUCN in Pakistan. Several speakers from the government including Federal ministry, and non-government organizations reflected on their experiences at COP 15 in Copenhagen, and presented their views on strategic priorities for Pakistan in post Copenhagen (COP 15) scenario.

Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan delivered opening remarks. He appreciated efforts of IUCN and Ministry of Environment for timely organizing this extremely useful event. Mr. Abid Ali, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation) represented the Ministry of Environment which is a State member of IUCN in Pakistan said that Pakistan is being affected by the impacts of climate change far more seriously than is generally recognized by the policy-makers and opinion leaders. Mr. Ali said that the Ministry of Environment, being the focal Ministry to deal with the subject, firmly believes that serious and immediate actions need to be taken by various stakeholders to fully understand and respond to the grave impacts of climate change.

The event was sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID). Mr. Rodney Dyer, Infrastructure and Environment Advisor DFID appreciated IUCN’s efforts in organising this event and emphasised on the need for developing a better understanding to mitigate and adapt to the climate change challenge.

Mr. Javed Jabbar, Vice President and Regional Councillor of IUCN said that IUCN has a unique convening capacity because of its unique structure which comprises membership of states and civil society. He said that many organizations are now focusing on addressing climate change issue in the country; however, there is still a need for a conceptual paradigm shift to take the issue of climate change beyond scientific research. He stressed on the role of media to generate awareness among masses.

The workshop ended with vote of thanks by Mr. Shah Murad Aliani, Country Representative of IUCN Pakistan highlighting the fact that this workshop was an outcome of the extensive work done by the Ministry of Environment and the goodwill between the Government of Pakistan and IUCN.

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