Pakistan Climate Change Authority being set up to cope with future challenges: Zahid

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ISLAMABAD, July 28 (APP): Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid Thursday informed the Senate that the government was introducing short, medium and long term policies besides setting up Pakistan Climate Change Authority to cope with challenges of climate change effectively.

Replying to a Calling Attention Notice raised by Col. Tahir Hussain Mashhadi about the increasing threats of natural disasters in the country and the policy of the government to save lives and properties of Pakistani people from such calamities, he said that Pakistan was also included in the list of countries which were affected by climate change.

He said that trees were being planted across the country under Green Pakistan Project and the Prime Minister was also taking keen interest in this regard.

The Prime Minister had allocated billion of rupees for climate change, he added.

The minister said that global warming affected Pakistan and glaciers were melting which resulted in floods.

He said Pakistan ranked 8 as a most affected country by global warming.

He said the average temperature was being increased one degree centigrade due to global warming phenomena.

Zahid Hamid said Pakistan Climate Authority was being set up which would had representation of relevant ministries and departments.

An Act would be brought for setting up the Authority which would take steps to effectively face challenges in wake of climate and environmental changes, the minister added.

He said that draft had also been prepared in this regard adding that Pakistan would be included among those few countries where climate change Act was implemented.