Landmark Climate Change Cell launched in Pakistan to Improve Climate Governance

28 August 2023

By: Ayesha Sadaf, Energy and Climate Change Cluster (ECCC), GIZ Pakistan

Launch of cell attended by German Ambassador to Pakistan and ECCC Coordinator
Launch of cell attended by German Ambassador to Pakistan and ECCC Coordinator

Climate change is a cross-sectoral phenomenon, requiring a centralised body to address this challenge. GIZ took the initiative to set up a landmark Climate Change Cell (CCC) within the Planning and Development department (P&D department), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in July. This groundbreaking step was taken under the Strengthening Climate Adaptation and Resilience (SAR) project. The cell will play a vital and timely role in regard to coordination on climate change; climate change learning and knowledge management; climate financing; and the overall mainstreaming of climate change and gender into development, planning and practice in Pakistan.

To serve the purpose of coordination, the Climate Change Cell is working as a bridge between donors and line departments for the selection and submission of project proposals relevant to climate change. A database of these projects is maintained, covering a wide range of sectors. CCC has assisted the P&D department KP to choose relevant project proposals that are aligned with the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and Social Adaptive Protection (SAP) for Government to Government (G2G) negotiations. Similarly, the cell has aided the department in coordination with line departments to collect relevant project proposals on 4RF (the Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction framework) and submit them to the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) of Pakistan.

The cell has taken the initiative of exploring climate financing opportunities for the government of KP. In this regard, members of the cell have been a part of several meetings with the GIZ Climate Finance Team to assess the capacity of the P&DD department for Green Climate Fund (GCF) accreditation. The cell is delving into the prerequisites for the GCF accreditation process and has prepared a detailed file for a nomination letter from Ministry of Climate Change: the government authority on climate action in Pakistan.

This cell, being the first of its kind in the region, signals a historic win that aims to improve climate governance at all levels.

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Climate Change Cell, climate governance, Pakistan