All-Foresters Network (AFN)
All Foresters Network [AFN] – is a unique initiative of LEAD Pakistan. In 2005, LEAD created ‘a bulk-email list’ to initiate a debate on the root-causes of deforestation in Pakistan. The list was an instant hit and very soon turned into a big network.
“We All Are Foresters” is the underlying philosophy of AFN that provides the guidelines for the cause of forests. Besides interested professionals, some organizations Ministry of Environment, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) etc. are also part of this network for the purpose of knowledge sharing and networking. Thus, AFN is now a platform for different institutions and individuals that come up with policy recommendations that subsequently helps achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] goals and Punjab Rural Support Program [PRSP] recommendations. Today, the total strength of AFN is above 300 – including organizations.
AFN has been useful for sharing information and developing partnerships, helping tremendously the forestry sector achieve its goals. It has also been used to discuss issues such as the looming fire seasons in the Margalla National Park, latest Global Information System and Remote Sensing, books and articles on forest policy.
Mr Mehmood Nasir (LEAD Fellow, Cohort 5) is moderating AFN since its inception. He is currently the Inspector General of Forests.
You can become part of AFN by sending an email with your personal details on email@example.com
Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA)
The Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), a regional node of CAN International, is coalition of civil society organizations from South Asia working together to promote regional cooperation and policy planning on climate change. Recently, the coalition members met in Bhutan to design the short to medium term climate change advocacy and research strategy for CANSA, especially with a view to the upcoming SAARC summit and the Conference of Parties (COP16) scheduled towards end of 2010. One of the Consultants, who represents LEAD Pakistan at CANSA’s regional and international strategy meetings and has also been nominated to CANSA’s Board of Directors, was part of the group that met in Bhutan in February 2010 to shape the regional action strategy. The process involved collating the results of region’s specific findings and input from six national steering committees (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and India) to identify key areas of action and engagement for CANSA and shape response strategies for addressing the identified issues in regional policy, research and cooperation.
For details visit: http://www.cansouthasia.net/
Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is a new initiative designed to support developing countries in tackling the challenges posed by climate change. It was launched on 11 March 2010 by the UK Department for International Development [DFID] for an initial five-year period.
CDKN is managed by an alliance of organizations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers and including LEAD International, the Overseas Development Institute, Fundación Futuro Latinamericano, SouthSouthNorth and INTRAC. The team brings together a wide range of experience across the fields of climate change and development, research, policy development, knowledge management, networking and capacity-building, as well as substantial expertise in the management of global initiatives.
CDKN has four components - important for developing countries like Pakistan – Research; Technical Assistance & Advisory Services; Knowledge Management; and Partnerships.
Research: CDKN will commission new policy-relevant applied research that responds directly to demands from developing country decision-makers. In the process, the Network will aim to strengthen research capacity and build more effective national and international research networks. Leading researchers in climate change and development will form an expert Research Advisory Panel to peer review the Network’s research and ensure high quality standards.
Technical Assistance & Advisory Program will provide tailored and demand-driven technical support to developing country governments and other decision-makers to: increase the integration of climate resilient and low carbon growth in policymaking, planning and implementation, and increase institutional capacity to leverage climate change financing resources to achieve maximum impact. A rapid response service for high priority time-critical assistance needs will also be provided.
Knowledge Management: Access to reliable evidence is central to an effective response to the development challenges of climate change. A mass of information is available, but it is often hard to find what you need or make sense of it. Effective knowledge sharing is a fundamental pillar of the CDKN. Our work will be shaped by the demands emerging at country level and we will try to fill gaps and connect to existing initiatives, rather than duplicate them. We will make full use of the latest online communication tools, organize face-to-face events and use print, video and other formats to reach different audiences.
Partnerships are central to the development of CDKN and will support all elements of our work, from technical assistance to knowledge sharing and research. We will source the best expertise, wherever it is found in the world, help to build capacity where needed, and foster long term collaborative relationships. We want to scale up impact, maximize resources and ultimately facilitate a robust and dynamic ‘knowledge architecture’. Our aim is to build on existing networks and collaborate with organizations and individuals around the globe – enabling innovation and minimizing duplication. We will be working closely with the regional hubs, finding out who the key players are in the regions, bringing those parties together, and then supporting the ideas, initiatives and innovations that result from the interactions.
Simon Maxwell is Executive Chair of CDKN. He also chairs the CDKN Governing Council that shapes the overall strategy and direction of the Network. He is a Senior Research Associate of the Overseas Development Institute and was ODI Director from 1997 to 2009. Before that, he worked for ten years overseas, in Kenya and India for UNDP and in Bolivia for the UK aid program, and then for sixteen years at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
LEAD’s CEO Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is Asia Director of CDKN as well as the member of the Governing Council. He also heads LEAD’s Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN) that gives him access to over 2000 experts in the field.
Ali plans to engage with 12-20 developing countries in Asia over the next four years. His distinctive approach to climate change and development chimes with the work of LEAD since it is demand-led, actively engaging at grassroots level, and aims to build capacities and networks for long term solutions. Powerful links exists between CDKN and LEAD. ‘CDKN is important for LEAD not only because it addresses a key sustainable development issue – how to promote development while taking account of climate change – but also because its focus is capacity building, sharing knowledge and taking action. Click here to learn about his views for CDKN’s biggest challenges in Asia.
LEAD Pakistan has initiated diagnostic studies in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan - to understand the state of climate change, policies and strategies – and started providing the technical assistance to their governments in consultation with the multi sector stakeholders.
Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN)
Climate change is a global challenge that requires immediate individual and collective action. Climate change is a threat we all face, but the poor and vulnerable in the developing world - those least responsible for causing the problem - will be the ones most adversely affected.
Climate change is a global challenge that requires immediate individual and collective action for making the globe sustainable for coming generations. Climate change is a threat we all face, but the poor and vulnerable in the developing world - those least responsible for causing the problem - will be the ones most adversely affected. Leadership and innovation are critical to stimulating the necessary response and behavioral changes.
With LEAD’s experience in leadership development and transformation, and the large numbers of LEAD Fellows actively involved in tackling climate change from a variety of perspectives, LEAD is well placed to play an important role in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.
CLAN is a platform for dialogue, collaboration and learning. Experts in the related fields can interact first hand with our global sustainability leadership network and LEAD Fellows working specifically on tackling climate change.
For detail visit: http://climate.lead.org/
We are a unique international network of professionals and training organizations working in all areas of sustainable development. LEAD network members are highly successful leaders working on complex local to global environmental and development issues.
Our leaders have all graduated as LEAD Fellows from our core training programme in Leadership for Sustainable Development where they gain the skills and knowledge to make them cross-sectoral leaders in their own communities and on the world stage. They come from all sectors of society, and are united by a shared capability and willingness to address sustainability challenges in their different countries across the globe.
Indo-Pak Media Group on Climate Change (IPMGCC)
In March 2010, LEAD Pakistan organized a Regional workshop for journalists on climate change in Islamabad. A group of 30 journalists (7 from India and 23 from Pakistan) attended this event and interacted with each other besides meeting different stakeholders. A range of issues related to the climate change were discussed with particular emphasis on water scarcity between the two countries.
The journalists greatly benefitted from the workshop and soon after returning home highlighted the climate change issues in the media by writing stories and reports; conducting interviews and exclusive reports. They are available on the facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IPMGCC
Picking an idea from this successful experience, LEAD Pakistan – just like All Foresters Network created a bulk e-mail list under the title ‘Indo–Pak Media Group on Climate Change’ linking it with a facebook group where all the members could upload their work related to climate change and other issues of sustainable development to generate discussions for participation in the upcoming COP - 16 in Mexico.
Knowledge Network on Climate Change (KNCC)
KNCC is a network comprising more than 200 professionals who have cycled through LEAD’s climate change related activities through trainings, consultations, and stakeholder dialogues. The members come from the government, industry, academia, media, research institution, civil society, and NGOs. The network brings together perspectives, expertise and experiences from concerned citizens, institutions and corporations active in the area of climate change or who believe they have a front line role to play. This list is moderated by a panel of experts drawn from LEAD and it serves as a means to initiating dialogue among various stakeholders.
The network aims to initiate a debate and discussion on the climate change issue for all segments of the society and provide a forum to share and exchange experiences and ideas. Currently, there are over 300 members on this network.
To subscribe to our network visit: http://www.lead.org.pk/cc/registrationform_climate_change.html
Leadership for Reproductive Health (LRH) Forum
LEAD Pakistan is a dynamic organization and believes that leadership skills are indispensable to bring change in any field of life. It is not a sector-focused organization but yet works in diversified sectors of environment and sustainable development. A unique intervention in this effect is LRH forum.
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and is projected to be the fourth most populated after India, China and the US by 2050. Its RH credentials are pathetic. Leadership is one of the recognized approaches to solve this conundrum – for which The David & Lucile Packard Foundation and LEAD Pakistan have forged a partnership in 2007.
LEAD under this partnership designed and delivered capacity building programs for midcareer RH professionals in two districts of Punjab and Sindh - Lodhran and Khairpur respectively with an accumulative population of 3 million. The idea behind it was to test the effectiveness of LEAD’s flagship program, Leadership Development Program [LDP] to the grassroots levels. Through this partnership with the Packard, LEAD tried to create a new generation of leaders that would prove to be an alternative tier for the leadership - not limited to the level of a nazim, chaudhry or wadera but a separate one that is effective and unique. For LEAD, it is a research project to see the relevant of LDP at regional or district levels. LEAD is not an expert on the RH. However, it aspires to test various models in leadership.
LEAD designed a two-year capacity-building/social mobilization project - Enabling Effective District Leadership for Reproductive Health (LRH-I) in Pakistan – for developing a holistic and visionary leadership to improve FP/RH situation in the two districts that concluded in November 2009. LRH-II is the extension of LRH-I. It focuses more on Khairpur but will also help build a 20-member civic watch group in Lodhran to assist, monitor and shape policy level dialogue for improving the RH environment. It proposes to assimilate another group of 34 members to form a larger effective group. This human capital will disseminate knowledge and RH/FP issues through village assemblies and focus-group-discussion in all the talukas of the district.
LRH Forum has been developed to enhance the leadership qualities of the RH professionals so that they may help improve the RH status of their respective districts. It is an on-line discussion forum open to all and serves the purposes of collecting and disseminating information. It allows participants to distribute articles of interest such as news items, reports and policy papers to its members while also providing an avenue for them to reply to and discuss issues affecting communities. The forum plays an instrumental role in shaping the project activities.
LRH I is ended in the year 2011
National Alliance for Climate Action (NACA)
This is a nascent alliance of grassroots organizations working in various regions of Pakistan, designed by LEAD to support community actions on climate change. The initiative seeks to strengthen the leadership capacity and commitment of local organizations for climate action and enable these to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies at the grassroots with enhanced knowledge, technical expertise and resources provided by a global outreach organization such as LEAD Pakistan.
For detail visit: NACA
National Network on Climate Change (NNCC)
This is a multi-sectoral network consisting of a dozen scientific and research establishments, civil society organizations, government departments, and some others. The network members share information on climate change issues, including their own programs and projects. This gives LEAD a wealth of information and the latest trends under climate change nationally as well as internationally.
NNCC is a multi-sectoral network consisting of a dozen of scientific and research establishments, civil society organizations, government departments, and others concerned institutions. The network members share information on climate change issues including their own programs and projects. This gives LEAD a mine of information and the latest trends under climate change nationally as well as internationally.
The primary goal of establishing the NNCC is to provide a forum for discussions and information exchange on the cutting-edge scientific, economic, planning and research related to climate change. The network aims to raise the level of attention and interaction on climate change issues by the involvement of different tiers of stakeholders including the government, civil society organizations, the media, decision makers, field practitioners, researchers, scientists and advocacy communities.
For detail visit: http://www.lead.org.pk/cc/nationalnetwork_climate_change.html
(Last updated: May 17, 2012)