Aware­ness key to mit­i­gate coun­try's dis­as­ter-re­silience, Mushahidul­lah

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight -

ISLAMABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change Se­na­tor Mushahidul­lah Khan on Thurs­day said that pro­mot­ing a na­tional cul­ture of pub­lic aware­ness about cli­mate change-caused risks and dis­as­ters risk educ­tion is crit­i­cal for help­ing peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties mit­i­gate their exposure to dis­as­ters they face now more fre­quently and with in­ten­sity.

“Pro­tect­ing lives and liveli­hoods of the peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly in the coun­try's dis­as­ter­prone ar­eas such as moun­tain­ous and coastal, through pub­lic aware­ness pro­grammes and in­te­grat­ing dis­as­ter-re­silience in pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment poli­cies are in­evitable to ad­dress poverty, hunger, mal-nu­tri­tion, food in­se­cu­rity and re­cur­ring cost of re­peat­edly restor­ing pub­lic in­fra­struc­tures,” the min­is­ter told me­dia here in con­nec­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Day for Dis­as­ter Re­duc­tion marked ev­ery year on Oc­to­ber 13world­wide.

High­light­ing the im­por­tance of the in­ter­na­tional dis­as­ter re­duc­tion day, the cli­mate change min­is­ter said the day of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to sen­si­tise pub­lic about vi­able tech­niques to re­duce their vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties to cli­mate change-in­duced dis­as­ters, par­tic­u­larly, land and river ero­sions, for­est fires,, river­ine and glacial lake out­burst floods in the coun­try.

“How­ever, the role of the govern­ment, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and me­dia is key to high­light im­por­tance of dis­as­ter risk reed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, which is ranked among the top ten most vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries to cli­mate change-caused dis­as­ters, which have shown in­crease in fre­quency and in­ten­sity since 2010,” Mushahidul­lah Khan un­der­lined.

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