First Cli­mate Change Pol­icy

Southasia - - On record -

Pak­istan last month for­mally ap­proved its first draft of the cli­mate change pol­icy. The pol­icy draft, which has been wel­comed af­ter the most se­vere floods in the his­tory of Pak­istan, has al­ready been ac­cepted by the coun­try’s Min- istry of En­vi­ron­ment and will shortly be pre­sented for the Cabi­net’s ap­proval.

Global cli­mate ex­perts have lauded the ef­forts and have cat­e­go­rized Pak­istan amongst the few de­vel­op­ing coun­tries which have pre­pared such a com­pre­hen­sive na­tional pol­icy on a sub­ject which is on top of the global pri­or­ity agenda af­ter war on ter­ror.

In 2008, the Cli­mate Change Task Force was formed for the pol­icy draft. Some 40 ex­perts from dif­fer­ent but re­lated fields strived for two years to fi­nal­ize it. The task force also con­sulted fed­eral and pro­vin­cial agen­cies, or­ga­ni­za­tions and other ex­perts.

The main ob­jec­tive of the pol­icy is to sus­tain eco­nomic growth by ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges of cli­mate change. The sec­tors of wa­ter re­sources, agri­cul­ture, hu­man health, forestry, bio­di­ver­sity and oth­ers are also among the top pri­or­i­ties along with the ar­eas of moun­tains, pas­tures, marine and coastal eco-sys­tems.

The pol­icy also stresses upon the im­por­tance of learn­ing, train­ing, tech­ni­cal and ca­pac­ity build­ing ap­proach. These tar­gets are to be achieved by aware­ness, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and fund­ing.

Pak­istan has di­verse ecosys­tems which in­clude coast­lines, deserts, arid zones, moun­tains and glaciers. These ar­eas are in dan­ger due to pop­u­la­tion growth, lack of plan­ning and mis­man­age­ment.

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