Pakistan gets highest-ever $200 mln GCF grant to redress environment issues : Amin

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 18 (APP):Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has said Pakistan would initiate work on multiple projects under $ 200 million grant by Green Climate Fund (GCF) to mitigate environmental degradation and combat climate change.

He said Pakistan has formally had received grants of around $200, adding
“The GCF funding given to Pakistan is the highest ever international amount.”

Talking to APP, he said the GCF grants would help finance crucial projects,
including installation of 40 monitoring stations in the Northern Areas’ glaciers,
Zero Emission Metro Bus project Karachi and Climate Smart Agriculture, aimed
at reducing the devastating impacts of global warming and increased green house
gas emissions (GHGs).

Amin said the glaciers of Northern Areas were melting apace and had developed
numerous glacial lakes that required urgent attention to have proper monitoring, besides
issuing early warnings to the local communities for optimum disaster preparedness
and management.

He noted that the Zero Emissions Metro Bus Karachi was the world’s first project
with least emissions that would be established as a model of biogas fuel using buses
plying on 30 kilometers route.

The Adviser specifically mentioned that the Climate Smart Agriculture project would
be implemented in collaboration with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO). A memorandum of understanding was recently signed with FAO to implement the
project in 8 districts of South Punjab and Sindh, he added.

He said : “It will be a pilot project whereas the study/consequences of project would
be implemented across the country to transform our agriculture sector on climate change
resilient and adaptive terms.”