Mushahid stresses concerted efforts to protect country from devastating climate change effects

APP10-02 ISLAMABAD: January 02 – Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan chairing an interactive session with senior editors of print media at Press Information Department. APP photo by Saleem Rana

ISLAMABAD, Jan 2 (APP):Minister of Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan Tuesday stressed concerted efforts to protect the country from increasingly devastating fall outs of human-caused climate change.
Talking to media, he urged media to join hands to boost resilience against adverse climate change impacts.
We must join hands today to mitigate the climate risk to the world by bringing together businesses, governments and public bodies to accelerate sustainable development, advance the green economy and promote use of natural resources with sanity, he said.
The common global menace of climate change, which has put the sustainability of the planet earth at risk, cannot be tackled, everyone should play its dues role in enhancing awareness about the hazards of environment change, and he said adding that current government has already devised forestry policy. While wildlife policy would soon be made public.
He said the government intends to constitute Climate Change Authority (CCA). The four member authority would be headed by an expert. Over 100 subject specialists would also be included in the CCA.
He said he suggested the government to allow import of wood to avoid cutting of trees. He has issued directives to plant 100 trees in place of cutting a tree.
Responding to a question, he said the claims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of planting 1.8 billion saplings was appreciable.
In response to another query, he said former President Asif Ali Zardari was not a political personality as he had never associated with any student movement or any political movement.
The statement of Asif Ali Zardari terming Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahir-ul-Qadri as replacement of Nawabzada Nasrullah was simply lamentable.
He said he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistan Tobacco Company to sponsor the construction of boundary wall of Botanical Gardern being constructed on 785 acre land at Bani Gala Islamabad. The inauguration ceremony of constructing boundary wall of Botanical Garden with the cost of Rs 80.5 million would be on January 10.
Responding to a question, he blamed neighbouring India for increasing SMOG in the country, saying he has already written a letter to foreign office to take up the issue with India at foreign office level.