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GAIL APAC event on Climate Change

GAIL APAC event

July featured research and events focused on the pressing issues of climate change in the region. The first of these was a virtual semimar conducted by the Asia Pacific Board of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL). 

Dr. Ammara Farooq Malik, Chair APAC Board, GAIL  moderated the event Climate Change titled, ‘Climate Change Adaptation: Climate Contracting & Policy Interventions in South Asia’.

The Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL) is a community of legal leaders who are using the practice of law to have a positive impact on people and the planet, and to accelerate the just transition. It is evident that climate change has an adverse effect on not only the planet but on people as well. According to the World Bank, South Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate shocks. The region is living through a “new climate normal” in which intensifying heat waves, cyclones, melting glaciers, droughts, and floods are testing the limits of government, businesses, and citizens to adapt. The speakers of the event included:

1. Ms. Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD.

2. Mr. Humzak Khan, Program Manager, The Chancery Lane Project, UK.

3. Mr. Brian Tang, Executive Director, LITE Lab, Honk Kong University. 

 

Ms. Izabella spoke about the regional transboundary challenges of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and land and ecosystem degradation. She highlighted the regional challenges faced at the policy level within the South Asian countries that are facing the worst effects of climate change in recent years.

Brian Tang, the executive director of LITE Lab@HKU, University of Hong Kong’s new interdisciplinary and experiential programme which focuses to foster law, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship (LITE) led by the Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science, also gave his detailed  insights regarding the pressing need for lawyers to participate in climate transposition of clauses which includes the shaping of future climate laws, inclusion of climate clauses in contracts, promoting climate change concerns regarding contracts and other non-legislative frameworks. Mr. Brian also showcased the Hon Kong case study where LITE Lab in South Asia have used their expertise to incorporate climate clauses into legal contracts with the help of The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP).

In this regard, the session delved into the work of The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) which is the largest global network of lawyers and business leaders using the power of climate contracting to deliver fast and fair decarbonization. TCLP has drafted 100+ climate clauses which allow individuals and businesses to decarbonize their contracts as carbon dioxide emission is one the major causes of global warming and climate change around the world. Mr. Humzah Khan, introduced climate contracting in the South Asian context which involves implementing legal agreements and contractual arrangements that specifically address climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in the region. These contracts aim to promote sustainable practices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance resilience to climate impacts across South Asian countries.

A follow up in person event was later held at AFMalik Law’s office in Lahore where the Pakistan Transposition of Climate Clauses was officially launched.  

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