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Speakers call for water, forest conservation for future generations

RAWALPINDI: Secretary Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) Syed Abu Ahmad Akif has said Pakistan is among a few countries that have passed legislation to respond to the challenges posed by climate change. He said that Climate Change Council and Climate Change Authority, two new bodies at federal level would be constituted shortly.

He said that under the Green Pakistan initiative, MoCC will ensure plantation of 100 million plants across Pakistan with the help of all the provincial governments. He said this while speaking as chief guest at a seminar held in connection with the World Forests and Water Days at the Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi on Tuesday. The seminar was jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Office in the Ministry of Climate Change and the University.

In addition to large number of the students from different departments of the university, senior academicians, faculty members and representatives from civil society organizations attended the seminar. Syed Abu Ahmad Akif on the occasion emphasized that conserving water and forests is an obligation of every individual. We must find ways how we can get benefitted from the sustainable use of water.

Eng. Shamas ul Malik, former chairman WAPDA said that as a nation we need to realize that why we were draining bulk of our water into sea without getting benefitted from it. He said that unfortunately, while using our natural assets such as water and forests, we were ignoring the challenges that our coming generations will be facing.

Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI said that keeping in view the new challenges posed by climate change, we need to pay attention on water conservation in a way that it could not only respond to water shortage but also protect the vulnerable communities from disasters like floods. He said that with the right planning, we can prevent climate change turning into human disaster.

Syed Mehmood Nasir, Inspector General Forests emphasized upon the need to introduce new technology and research for efficient use of natural resources. He said that modern technology could allow us to get benefited from forests without chopping down a single tree.

Earlier, Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of the University presented an overview of water and forest landscape of Pakistan and said that by enhancing our forests, we could also respond to water scarcity in the country.

Prof. Mushtaq Gill, Ashfaq Mehmood and Dr. Amir Haider Malik also expressed their views on the topic and suggested that efficient use of water should be made a top national priority and awareness and education around this issue should be raised at every level.

Source: SAMAA News

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