World Bank agrees to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: World Bank agreed to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence with col­lab­o­ra­tion of Min­istry of cli­mate change Pak­istan to at­tract po­ten­tial in­ter­na­tional donors to ar­range fi­nances for fund­ing key en­vi­ron­men­tal projects in Pak­istan.

It was de­cided in a meet­ing of world bank del­e­ga­tion with Fed­eral Min­is­ter /Ad­vi­sor to PM on cli­mate change Ma­lik Amin As­lam Khan at Min­istry of cli­mate change Is­lam­abad on Fri­day Fed­eral Sec­re­tary Cli­mate change Shahrukh Nus­rat and Addl. Sec­re­tary Khur­ram Ali Agha were also present in the meet­ing.

A World Bank del­e­ga­tion led by Ms. Anna Wel­len­stein Direc­tor of Strat­egy and Op­er­a­tions for the World Bank Group's So­cial, Ur­ban, Ru­ral, and Re­silience (SURR) Global Prac­tice. World Bank called on the Min­is­ter/Ad­vi­sor to PM on cli­mate change to dis­cuss com­mon modal­i­ties for fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion in cli­mate re­lated projects.

Ma­lik Amin As­lam Khan ap­prised the del­e­gates that en­vi­ron­ment is a ma­jor part of our party's eleven points agenda which we are go­ing to im­ple­ment now. Ini­tially we suc­cess­fully com­pleted one bil­lion tree tsunami projects in KPK which was ap­pre­ci­ated glob­ally and now we are up scal­ing this in to a ten bil­lion tsunami tree plan­ta­tion project to im­ple­ment at na­tional level.

While on the other hand to ful­fill our in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments, we have ini­ti­ated an­other flag­ship pro­gram "Clean Green Pak­istan". Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan is go­ing to in­au­gu­rate it by to­mor­row.

While shar­ing the salient fea­tures of this "Clean Green Pak­istan" said that this ini­tia­tive will fo­cus on five ma­jor ar­eas which in­clude plan­ta­tion, solid and liq­uid waste man­age­ment, clean wa­ter and hy­giene.

Min­is­ter fur­ther said that we are well aware of the cli­mate chal­lenges and very much clear agen­das to deal with these is­sues. We are also fo­cus­ing on adap­ta­tion side as well. He said that our 90%wa­ter which comes from Tar­bela and goes di­rectly to Ara­bian Sea. Un­for­tu­nately we haven't de­vel­oped any mech­a­nism to store that wa­ter. But now we have a com­pre­hen­sive plan to store flood wa­ter in our wet­lands un­der "Recharge Pak­istan" project which we have sent to GCF through WWF.

Ma­lik Amin As­lam Khan said that by keep­ing in view the dras­ti­cally chang­ing cli- mate sit­u­a­tion, we are think­ing al­ter­na­tive en­ergy means. In KPK we built 350 small Hy­dropower units on run­ning rivers and we will also up­scale that model at na­tional level in a next phase and to im­ple­ment all these agen­das, we need global sup­port of po­ten­tial donors.

Ms. Anna Wel­len­stein sug­gested that World Bank is ready to ar­range an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence with col­lab­o­ra­tion of Min­istry of cli­mate change where we can present Pak­istan, s case and seek in­ter­na­tional as­sis­tance from po­ten­tial donors, and both the sides prin­ci­pally agreed on the pro­posal.

Min­is­ter also re­quested the World Bank to ex­tend co­op­er­a­tion to deal with "SMOG" is­sue which peo­ple of Pun­jab are fac­ing these days un­der the Green Pun­jab Project of World Bank. - NNI

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.