Pakistan calls for tough action on climate change
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said on Wednesday that concerted efforts are needed to counter the adverse effects of climate change and the looming disaster of environmental degradation.
Although it contributes less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Pakistan faces the adverse effects of climate change, Gul said at a climate change seminar at COMSATS University in Islamabad, adding that the Pakistani government has taken practical measures to conserve the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Pakistan suffers from various natural disasters including drought, urban flooding, heat wave and melting glaciers due to climate change causing food insecurity, loss of life as well as severe negative impact on the national economy of the country, she said.
The Pakistani government has launched a number of initiatives, including the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami program, Clean Green Pakistan, the establishment of national parks and the restoration of wetlands and wildlife, to protect the environment and fight change. climate, the official said.
Gul also highlighted the use of advanced technologies to monitor environmental changes and forecast future changes to deal with emerging challenges of climate change.