Urban Climate Resilience and Development in Pakistan: National Policy Paper SDPI and CANSA


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This report delves into the intricate relationship between urbanization, climate change, and resilience-building in Pakistan, against the backdrop of South Asia’s burgeoning urban population.

With Pakistan’s rapid urban growth and the increasing frequency of climate-related disasters, it is imperative to comprehend the complex interplay of these factors. The report outlines the significant urbanization surge in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan, where the urbanization rate is the highest.

While this urban shift contributes substantially to the country’s GDP and tax revenue, there are concerns over the sustainability and environmental repercussions of unplanned urban expansion and its alignment with climate action. The study’s focus encompasses the assessment of prevailing urban development policies and interventions, identifying gaps in mitigation and adaptation strategies, and exploring viable financing mechanisms for fostering sustainable growth. Anchored in the resilience perspective, the study emphasizes equitable development that integrates climate action, ensuring fairness and justice for all stakeholders.

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