Minister vows to provide healthy environment
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