Min­is­ter vows to pro­vide healthy en­vi­ron­ment

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Hameed Ul­lah Jan Afridi has said that the govern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­vide healthy and clean en­vi­ron­ment to the com­ing gen­er­a­tion and it will leave no stone un­turned in this re­gard.

While chair­ing a re­view meet­ing here to­day, Pak­istan is play­ing vi­tal role in high­light­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues at ev­ery fo­rum and uti­liz­ing all pos­si­ble re­sources to com­bat en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems.

Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment is ac­tively co­or­di­nat­ing and co­op­er­at­ing with world com­mu­nity and other na­tional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions so that through com­pre­hen­sive plans of ac­tion, these chal­lenges may be con­fronted.

En­vi­ron­ment has no bound­aries and this is why Pak­istan is rais­ing its voice to cope en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues with­out any sort of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

World com­mu­nity ad­mires the con­tri­bu­tion of Pak­istan in en­vi­ron­ment sec­tor.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, is­sues re­lated to six­teenth meet­ing of Con­fer­ence of Par­ties (COP16) came un­der dis­cus­sion.

He hoped that Pak­istan would be able to high­light its con­cerns as well as sug­ges­tions and pro­pos­als about dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts of cli­mate change and global warm­ing.

It will also be an im­por­tant plat­form to in­form the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries about ini­tia­tives taken by Pak­istan about en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cent flood con­di­tions in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, he said that this dis­as­ter is re­sult of cli­mate change and global warm­ing. How­ever, this catas­tro­phe needed spe­cial con­cen­tra­tion so that world com­mu­nity may take spe­cial ini­tia­tives for the fu­ture.

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary M. Javed Ma­lik, Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary Kamran Ali Qureshi and other high of­fi­cials of the Min­istry were present on this oc­ca­sion.More­over, Re­duc­ing Emis­sions from De­for­esta­tion and Degra­da­tion (REDD) is the best hope to meet the goals of the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change UNFCCC.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment has held sev­eral pre­lim­i­nary meet­ings prior to the Can­cun meet­ing, said a news re­lease is­sued here on Wed­nes­day.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment had sent the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Forests and the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral En­vi­ron­ment to at­tend the pre­ses­sion's meet­ings.

Syed Mah­mood Nasir I.G Forests at­tended the REDD part­ner­ship and the Coali­tion of Rain For­est Na­tions and in­formed that the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment is mak­ing tremen­dous ef­forts in stream­lin­ing REDD in Pak­istan.

He fur­ther in­formed that Pak­istan's first REDD project has been ap­proved by the Na­tional Screen­ing Com­mit­tee of GEF and it is hoped that it will soon pass all other steps un­der the able guid­ance of the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Hameed Ul­lah Jan Afridi who is tak­ing keen in­ter­est in stop­ping de­for­esta­tion in the coun­try. REDD part­ner­ship was cre­ated last year at the time of the Copen­hagen Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence of 2009. -App

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