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Strengthening Governance of Climate Change Finance

The echo of climate change has been there since a decade, however, the National Climate Change Policy and an implementation framework was developed in 2012. However, the presence of Climate Change Ministry, the Federal government has to strengthen the institutions those are major stakeholders in budgetary reform. Furthermore, the Vision 2025 provides a comprehensive foundation to integrate climate change budgeting into national development planning.

Pakistan has been working on reforming the budgeting through a medium term budgetary framework (MTBF) since 2003 and after devolution of power, subject of environment has been devolved to the provinces however, the federal government continues to be responsible for some of the functions that have a strong climate change element for example the agriculture and energy.  The Federal Government coordinates with provinces through its Climate Change Ministry. To understand the situation of public expenditure on Climate Change a “Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review” (CPEIR) was carried out in 2015 and the following recommendations were suggested:

  • Integrating Climate Change into the budgetary and planning processes
  • Strengthening the climate finance institutional framework
  • Institutional strengthening of Climate Change-relevant entities M&E of Climate Change-relevant work
  • Sensitize policy-makers and the public to the need for Climate Change investment

 

The CPNE understands the extensiveness and complexity of this important issue of Climate Change and well-articulated among the members (editors). The current changes in weather configuration in the region reflected the degradation of environment and Pakistan is one of the most affected countries. The CPNE recognizes the potential of mainstream climate finance and strengthen the institutions involved in planning, budgeting and implementing climate change actions and will iterate effective coordination among them (Ministry of Climate Change,  Planning Commission,  Controller General of Accounts and National Disaster Management Authority/ Provincial Disaster Management Authorities).

Objectives

  • Climate Change is integrated into budget formulation at national and sub-national levels
  • Strengthened institutions track and report on climate change expenditures as part of the budget process at national and sub-national levels
  • Knowledge effectively shared across countries of the region as well as with key international policy process related to climate finance

Outputs

  • Climate Change is integrated into budget formulation at national and sub-national levels
  • Strengthened institutions track and report on climate change expenditures as part of the budget process Established a network of Institutions across countries of the regions key police initiatives on climate finance

Activities

The methodology provides an overall project governance and implementation frameworks to achieve project objectives. This is a multi-stakeholders’ project and number of activities will have to implement to create evidences for seriousness regarding Climate Change Finance and its allocation in budget and accountability against expenditures.

  • Coordination/collaboration: an effective coordination will be established among the all stakeholders to informing, educating, and engaging with newspaper editors and national media and communications professionals on the topics of: global climate change and its socio-economic impacts in Pakistan; climate change finance; treatment of climate policy issues in public affairs, in particular budgeting and public finance at federal and provincial levels; and the role of the media and access to information in strengthening accountability on climate-related budget decisions.
  • Focus Group Discussions: it is a method of obtaining qualitative information about the issues or problems. This discussion can provide understanding into problems/issues that cannot easily be covered in a formal way of identification. To gauge existing knowledge and level of understanding on climate change public expenditure and public awareness of the participants in three focus group discussions, these will be organized in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
  • Guide Book: the aim to improve media literacy and journalists’ understanding of the aforementioned topics, and to improve the quantity and quality of coverage of the aforementioned topics. A Committee comprises of senior environmental Journalists and academicians will work on it in collaboration with UNDP for the development, production, dissemination, and updating of a guide book for media persons.

Seminars and media briefing: sharing of information and progress with larger audiences, the CPNE will organize the seminars and workshops for editors, Civil Society Organizations, communication professionals and youth on areas of mutual interest in relation to the aforementioned topics upon completion of guidebook.

  • Editors/journalists/youth participation: to engage editors/journalists/youth for wider impact of climate change adoption and made it an integral part into budget formulation, the CPNE will organize a “story” prize competition as a means to improve the quantity and quality of coverage of the aforementioned topics.
  • Information Educational Communication materials will be developed and shared in all events of the project. This will help to understand the climate change finance issues and use it as tool for lobbying among the media persons.

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