ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk on Wednesday called for effective coordination between the federal and provincial governments for protection and conservation of the natural environment and to counter the adverse impact of climate change.
During a briefing on the functions and performance of the Ministry of Climate Change here at the PM Office, the prime minister was informed that 26.77 million saplings have so far been planted under the “Green Pakistan Programme” against the target of 100 million, targeted over a period of five years.
Climate Change Division secretary informed the prime minister on the mandate, functions and performance of the ministry. He was informed that Pakistan was signatory to 14 international treaties, conventions and protocols related to environmental protection and climate change. Prime Minister Mulk was informed that Pakistan was one of the most vulnerable countries, owing to adverse impact of the climate change.
The secretary said the Climate Change Division was implementing six ongoing development projects for which an amount of more than Rs 800 million has been allocated for the current financial year. To mitigate the impact of the Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF), 250 small structures, 50 weather stations and 408 river discharge sensors would be set up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.
The briefing was attended by Caretaker Minister for Climate Change Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh, secretary to the prime minister, secretary of the Climate Change Division, additional secretary to the prime minister and senior officials of the Climate Change Division.