- Recharge Pakistan is a seven-year, $77.8 million partnership between the Pakistani government, the Green Climate Fund, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the World Wildlife Fund.
- The project aims to transform Pakistan’s approach to flood mitigation and water resource management, advocating for ecosystem-based adaptation and green infrastructure.
- Recharge Pakistan is expected to directly benefit nearly 700,000 Pakistanis and indirectly influence the lives of over 7 million more
Islamabad, Pakistan – In a pivotal move to combat climate change and its devastating impacts, Pakistan has launched Recharge Pakistan, a groundbreaking seven-year, $77.8 million partnership between the Pakistani government, the Green Climate Fund, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The initiative unveiled at a grand ceremony in Islamabad, marks a decisive step towards bolstering Pakistan’s resilience to the escalating climate crisis. With Pakistan consistently ranking among the top 10 most vulnerable countries on the Climate Risk Index, the urgency of action has never been more acute.
Recharge Pakistan aims to transform Pakistan’s approach to flood mitigation and water resource management, advocating for ecosystem-based adaptation and green infrastructure. This paradigm shift will empower communities to take center stage in climate and resource management decision-making, ensuring sustainable and equitable solutions.
The project’s ambitious goals encompass a range of critical areas:
- Enhancing Pakistan’s water resource capacity and agricultural output
- Equipping rural economies to adapt to climate risks and embrace sustainability
- Restoring degraded watersheds and fostering resilience in regions severely affected by the 2022 floods
- Improving livelihoods by mitigating the losses caused by Pakistan’s recurrent drought-flood cycle
The impact of Recharge Pakistan is expected to be far-reaching, directly benefitting nearly 700,000 Pakistanis and indirectly influencing the lives of over 7 million more. Project activities will span across three provinces: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Balochistan.
The United States and Pakistan share a long history of collaboration in addressing development and humanitarian challenges. Building upon the legacy of the Green Revolution, which transformed Pakistan’s agricultural landscape in the 1960s, the U.S.-Pakistan Green Alliance framework is making strategic investments in clean energy, water, and agriculture to secure Pakistan’s future.
Through the Green Alliance, the United States is supporting the installation of modern generators and the refurbishment of hydroelectric power plants, safeguarding against water shortages, mitigating floods, and enhancing agricultural productivity. Additionally, efforts are underway to expand electric grid capacity and provide reliable, efficient, and clean energy to over 50 million Pakistanis.
The introduction of new crop varieties, innovative planting techniques, efficient fertilizer usage, and advanced irrigation technology is empowering farmers to adapt to changing climatic conditions, fostering sustainable agricultural practices.
The climate crisis transcends national boundaries, demanding collective action to protect communities from its devastating consequences. Recharge Pakistan exemplifies this collaborative approach, bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders to devise innovative and enduring solutions to Pakistan’s climate risks.
As the initiative embarks on its journey, the United States extends its gratitude to Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar, the Recharge Pakistan partners, and all those who have contributed to making this crucial project a reality. This endeavor embodies the best of what our countries can achieve when we unite in the face of shared challenges.