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Published Date: Dec 18, 2019

Pakistan has five-point agenda for climate change mitigation

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Tuesday said Pakistan has no option but to fight climate change through effective mitigation and adaptation measures to save its future generations from the dire consequences.
He also said with a forward-looking focused vision on climate change mitigation and adaptation, Pakistan successfully launched its Ecosystem Restoration Fund at the side event of COP25 along with development partners.
He was speaking at an event, “Media debriefing on twenty-fifth United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP25) on climate change,” organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
Mr Aslam said Pakistan had a clear five-point agenda for climate change mitigation – planting 10 billion trees, transforming transport into electric vehicle, 30pc clean energy transformation target by 2030, materialising nature-based solutions, making Pakistan plastic-bag free and recharging Pakistan programme to tackle floods.
Billion tree tsunami, growing mangrove forests and Clean and Green Pakistan received global recognition, PM’s adviser says
He said the momentum of COP25 from the very beginning was negative due to riots in Chile (owning to which COP shifted to Sweden), right-wing government in Brazil (which converted Amazon forest land into agriculture land) and backing out of developed countries from climate negotiations.
“Despite the negative momentum of COP25, Pakistan’s efforts and contribution to combat climate change such as billion tree tsunami, growing mangroves forest cover, Clean and Green Pakistan programme etc., got global recognition and appreciation at the conference.”
He said it was the first time when when young leaders not only participated in COP25 but were also provided opportunities to present their thoughts and vision. The youth leadership has become the key stakeholder of climate negotiations.
He said COP25 could not conclude on any agreement or achievement at the global level mainly due to the disagreement on the carbon trading market between developed and developing countries.
Clarifying recent German Watch Ranking where Pakistan ranked 5th most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change, Mr Aslam said the ranking was based on the average of the last 20 years of climate impacts where many countries were automatically excluded from it.
It does not mean that the government did nothing to combat climate change.
“Heatwave is going to be a big challenge for Pakistan in future, where livelihood in many hotspot areas is going to be very difficult and we have to prepare ourselves,” he added.
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said the mega talks on the climate change remained inconclusive due to lack of resolve of the international community. However, Pakistan proved yet again its resolve to remain committed to climate agenda.
“We hope that with the resolve of the current government on climate change agenda, Pakistan would have more initiative to present in the next COP and get as much benefits for Pakistan and for the world in the leadership role of vice president of COP next year,” he said.
Former ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel said COP provided an opportunity for the government and institutions to meet and have a partnership with the global leadership and international institutions.
He said the government’s announcement of a policy to set the target of renewable energy share of 60pc by 2030 was a big step towards mitigation of climate change.