Pakistan Climate Change Act 2016

The Pakistan Climate Change Act establishes the Pakistan Climate Change Council, headed by the Prime Minister, and consists of:

  • The Ministers in charge of climate change, finance, agriculture, food security and research, planning, development and reform, petroleum and natural resources, science and technology, water and power and foreign affairs
  • Chief Ministers of the Provinces
  • Ministers-in-charge of the department allocated with subject of environment in the Provinces
  • Other persons not exceeding thirty as the Prime Minister may appoint, of which at least twenty shall be non-officials, including representatives of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, non-governmental organizations concerned with climate change, the environment and development and scientists, researchers, technical experts and educationists
  • Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority
  • Chairman, Pakistan Climate Change Authority; and
  • Secretary of the Division allocated with the subject of climate change, who shall also be the Secretary of the Council.

The Council shall: (a) coordinate and supervise enforcement of the provisions of this Act; (b) monitor implementation of international agreements relating to climate change specified in the Schedule; (c) coordinate, supervise and guide mainstreaming of climate change concerns into decision-making by Federal and Provincial Government’s ministries, divisions, departments and agencies so as to create enabling conditions for integrated climate-compatible and climate-resilient development processes in various sectors of the economy; (d) approve and monitor implementation of comprehensive adaptation and mitigation policies, strategies, plans programmes, projects and other measures formulated by the Authority to meet Pakistan’s obligations under international conventions and agreements relating to climate change including in particular the Sustainable Development Goals; (e) monitor implementation of the National Adaptation Plan and its constituent provincial and local adaptation action plans, the National Appropriate Mitigation Action Framework and National Communication submitted to the concerned Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; approve guidelines for the protection and conservation of renewable and non-renewable resources, species, habitats, and biodiversity in general adversely affected or threatened by climate change; and (s) consider the National Climate Change Report and give appropriate directions thereon:

The Act also establishes the Pakistan Climate Change Authority.

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