MoCC prepares country’s first ever National Adaptation Plan

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The Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has launched the process of preparing the country’s first ever National Adaptation Plan in a record time of six months that was facing a halt during the previous regime. The Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman after assuming her charge in April 2022, directed the Ministry officials to convene the Climate Change Council in 100 days that never met since its creation under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, ensure continuation of the projects that were important to ensure country’s resilience and preparedness for global warming impacts and natural calamities.

The MoCC under the collective wisdom of the coalition government, within short span of six months, prepared for an international environmental moot of 27th Conference of Parties (COP-27) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Egypt and presented the case of developing countries of the global South devastated by the climate catastrophes. The Minister directed the Ministry’s officials to ensure a disaster and climate change resilient policy that endeavours to guide the federating for improving adaptation on a priority basis.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman said that the country was the least source of carbon emissions at the global level. It was not its responsibility to focus mitigation being the worst impacted state at the receiving end of climate disasters rather to ensure adaptation to global warming and environmental degradation for a sustainable future. The process started to prepare the National Adaptation Plan for building resilience to climate change aimed to reduce vulnerabilities to climatic changes by creating comprehensive medium and long term plans including the integration of adaptation measures into national policy.