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Center for Climate and Environmental Research (CCER)



As per the Global Climate Watch Risk Index 2020, Pakistan is the fifth most climatically vulnerable and affected country in the world. In the last ten years, Pakistan has suffered heavily due to the impacts of climate change and several studies show that in the coming years and decades the vulnerability is likely to be intensified due to increased floods/droughts, heatwaves, locust attacks, and water scarcity. Pakistan has lost 0.53% per unit GDP and suffered economic losses worth US$ 3.73 billion. Against this background, the need for building local climate resilience and institutional capacity is critical. Action research and work on climate vulnerability, adaptation, GHG mitigation, disaster risk management, and green climate financing have become critically important for a smooth transition towards sustainable development. For this purpose, the Centre for Climate and Environmental Research (CCER) has been established at the Institute for Art and Culture (IAC) as part of the global cause to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Message From Our Chancellor

The Center for Climate and Environmental Research (CCER) is an independent and autonomous research & development center established by the Institute for Art and Culture (IAC). The mission of CCER is to develop ideas and innovative solutions, in addition to strategies for multifaceted climate problems. Our strategies and policies highlight the unique contribution that our knowledge products can make to addressing climate change, as well as the challenges we confront in transitioning to sustainable development. It makes excellent sense to manage our people, our resources, our communities, and our environment sustainably.

Message From Our Chief Operating Officer

CCER’s applied research-oriented and relevance-based practices foster intellectual freedom and local capacity building on issues related to the environment and climate change. CCER aims to provide the necessary scientific support and guidance for the domestic and regional policy makers for the adaptation of climate change impacts. We are committed to spreading awareness on the core principles of relevance, access, quality, and impact.


The establishment of the CCER is a manifestation of an urgent need to develop the human and institutional capacity of Pakistan to enhance its understanding of climate change and its impacts, as well as develop relevant technical research capacity. It aims to establish knowledge networks and collaborations with the regional and international entities, while also promoting the cutting-edge teaching of Sustainability Sciences and Knowledge products.

  • The operational scope of the CCER is designed to implement sustainable and immediate solutions.
  • The CCER will focus on local, national, regional, and international climate change issues while also interacting with institutions working in the fields related to the environment and climate change.
  • The CCER will undertake independent research on climate change besides evaluating climate-related ongoing projects and activities.
  • A prime key feature of the CCER will be fostering international partnerships and networking for strengthening the research and operational capacity of the entity and promoting south-south and north-south capacity-building efforts.
  • The CCER will explore collaborations with other organizations both in the public and private sectors to:
  • d. Inform and influence policymaking in the fields of climate change.
  • e. Actively engage stakeholders contributing to a transformational change in the businesses, development, and policy ecosystem.
  • f. Develop new pathways for project funding in line with innovative sustainable financing principles and sources.

The operational structure of the CCER is proposed to be divided between Research and Academic sections. Both operational arms will closely coordinate and complement each other, ensuring that high-quality and relevant research is carried out and shared with the academic component.

Academic Function

The Academic function designed the first Graduate Degree Programme which contributes to different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. The Graduate Program ensures the sustainable development and the smooth functioning of the program by focusing on a multi-disciplinary understanding of climate change processes, scenarios, vulnerabilities, and international and national policy responses.

Research Function

Research Working Groups with a dedicated research focus, responsible for coordinating and undertaking high-quality research, coupled with sharing and disseminating the knowledge and information through knowledge products. 

  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Energy Efficient Buildings and De-carbonization
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Climate Governance and Finance
  • Climate Change and Gender
  • WG-I: Sustainable Urban Development
  • WG-II: Energy Efficient Buildings and De-carbonization
  • WG-II: Sustainable Agriculture and Integrated Water Resource Management
  • WG-III: Climate Modelling and Extreme Weather Events
  • WG-IV: Climate Governance and Finance
  • WG-V: Advocacy, Outreach, and Media
  • Center for Energy, Environment, and Economy (CEEE) Özyeğin University (Turkey)
  • University of Austin, United States