Islamabad, June 10, 2021 (PPI-OT):Special Assistant of PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has said that Pakistan is committed to global efforts aimed to mitigate global warming-causing carbon emissions by adopting sustainable and environmental-friendly practices in various socio-economic sectors. “Pakistan’s carbon emission reduction efforts were launched soon after the incumbent government came into npower as part of PM I mean Khan’s vision for climate-resilient and clean green Pakistan” he recalled.
Addressing a seminar on “Climate Change and Enhanced Nationally-Determined Contributions” at a local hotel held here today, the PM’s aide told the participants of the event that country’s largest-ever afforestation programme OG 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme, Recharge Pakistan Programme, Protected Areas Initiatives, launch US$ 500 green Euro bond for nature-debt-swap, introduction of electric vehicle policy band implementation of various renewable energy projects and abandoning of coal power plants are clear manifestation of the unfailing commitment of Imran Khan’s government towards global climate action to sustain the planet earth and all living-beings on it.
Malik Amin Aslam also highlighted the country’s vulnerability to the adverse impacts of global emergency. “We are already facing the exacerbating impacts of global warming on our glaciers, which is a source of 60 percent of our water supply,” he said adding that their meltdown has led to water shortages, with provinces blaming each other for water theft. “Currently we have provinces quarrelling over water shortages and if we are unable to manage efficiently it today, it will have a far-reaching impact in future,” the PM’s aide said. He stressed the need to educate children on climate change and the importance of trees and said that it would help in addressing environmental issues in the future. He highlighted that greater responsibility rests with the teachers to educate the children about the importance of plantation.
“If we achieve the plantation target of 10 billion saplings in the country, it will have a positive impact in future,” Malik Amin said while spelling out the present government’s flagship initiative to establish 15 national parks to boost the ecosystem restoration drive. He indicated that Pakistan’s carbon emission share is minuscule, nearly one percent; nevertheless it has decided to take various green initiatives to offset the deleterious socio-economic consequences of global warming. Malik Amin also said that one billion trees were planted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a period of five years from 2013 to 2018.
He added that another one billion trees have also been planted in different parts of the country under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project, which reflects his government’s commitment to global green agenda and climate action. Malik Amin pointed out that local communities were also be involved for the protection of forests, adding that backbone of the timber mafia has been broken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with the help of forest guards which aided spike in the province’s forest cover. Besides, he said that Recharge Pakistan is also being initiated with the purpose to restore wetlands and improve the water table. He highlighted that the incumbent government has also committed to itself to produce 60 percent energy from renewable sources by 2030 while 30 percent of all vehicles would be transferred to electricity as part of efforts to limit emissions by the time framework.
He also urged the various stakeholders from governmental and non-governmental sectors to join his government’s the mega afforestation programme of 10 Billion Tree to make it a success story that would have a positive impacts not only on the lives of the people, but also on environment of the country and its economy. Earlier, Detector-General of the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF) Hammad Naqi Kham lauded PM Imran Khan’s green agenda and his government’s various world-acclaimed green initiatives, particularly Recharge Pakistan Programme and 10 Billion Tree afforestation programme. He said that these green initiatives will go a long way in helping Pakistan’s efforts achieve resilience against deleterious impacts of climate change, particular floods, and erratic rainfall patterns on socio-economic sector.
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