May 27 (APP): United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has warned against
deteriorating environment in Pakistan and impending crisis in coming decade.
of the country’s environment and resources is deteriorating and in some areas
will reach a crisis point in the coming decade,” mentioned UNDP in its recent
The UN body
foresaw mounting pressure on natural resources of the country like ecology
including extensive mountains, desert, wetland and coastal ecosystems that
support distinct and diverse biological communities.
findings mentioned that the well-being, security and prosperity of current and
future generations (160 million +3% each year) depend ultimately on these
800,000 square kilometres of land, water, air and biodiversity resources.
country’s natural assets need to be protected so that the future generations can
benefit from them,” it stated.
Human Development Report for this year has also warned that ‘for millions of the
world’s poorest people climate change is not a future scenario-it is already
undermining their efforts to escape poverty and reinforcing their
and dangerous environmental conditions - qualities of air, water, food, housing,
land - are commonplace for people living and working in Pakistan’s cities and
industrial areas,” it observed.
The UN body
has recommended to control pollution and degradation of environment or reduced
at source, through better planning regulations and stronger safeguards on water,
air and land use.
there is a lot of activity, environmental interventions are fragmented and lack
strategic direction in Pakistan,” it further stated.
analysis conducted by UN confirms the value of integrated rather than insular
approaches to the management of environment issues. These require coordinated
mechanisms and actions for a national response.
Nations has also launched One UN Pilot in Pakistan that provides an opportunity
for future work programming, allowing for convergence towards integrated
results would only be obvious in the coming years, but it is important to move
from “fragmentation to coherence” for making environmental sustainability a
reality in Pakistan.