ISLAMABAD, May 2 (APP):President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday called for joint efforts to counter natural calamities stressing every individual to play his role in this regard.

He said this while addressing an inaugural session of a four-day regional workshop on ‘The ICT Role for Disaster Prediction and Management’ held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAU) Rawalpindi.

PMAS-AAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Qamar-Uz-Zaman and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Secretary General Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan were also present in the ceremony.

The president said there was a nature balance of gases in the atmosphere which was being affected by pollution.
He said there was a dire need to use modern technology to meet environment challenge.

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He said increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by mechanical and combusting equipments was the major cause of damage to the natural balance. Emphasizing for more tree plantations in country, he said trees were the only natural factory which absorbs carbon dioxide.

The president said the government had set target of planting 10 billion trees across the country as it would help reducing environmental issues to a large extent.

He urged to increase research and development activities in the universities and to introduce modern trends and techniques to curb issues related to climate change, through utilizing information and communication technologies (ICT).

He said latest imaging system through artificial satellites underground water and soil chemistry would found.

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He said concerted efforts were required in ICT sector for synchronization of available resources with modern equipments.
The president also emphasized that at individual level, everyone must come ahead to play his due role in this regard.

He informed the audience that plastic wastes and litters of millions of tons were being thrown into the sea. If we stop throwing plastic waste into the sea, we will be actually helping aquatic animals’ survival, he said.

He said every creature was beneficial for each others and latest research had revealed that the reproduction had been reduced in different species of insects, which was also causing loss to environment.