Collective efforts stressed to fight climate challenges

Salim Ahmed

Speakers at grow festival and launching ceremony of Climate Public Expenditure Review (CPER) have called upon the need to make collective efforts to combat climate change challenges and allocate provincial financial resources appropriately.
The event was organized by Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with Oxfam Pakistan and Indus Consortium at the college’s lawns.
Punjab Minister for Environment Zakiya Shahnawaz, Minister for Food Mr Bilal Yasin, PU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt, Oxfam’s Country Director Muhammad Qazilbash, Chairman Indus Consortium Jamshaid Fareed, CEES Principal Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, MPA Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal, senior journalist Mian Habib, female farmers from Rajanpur, Muzafargarrh, Layyah, Multan, participants from different walks of life and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
The event was full of cultural festivity, colors and a variety of cultural food stalls set up by community women from different districts of Punjab. PU CEES students had also put various models on display to sensitize participants about various climate change and waste management issues.
The findings of CPER suggested that a separate portion for climate control should be included in each PC-1 of ADP scheme, an independent and integrated climate control policy and climate control cell in each department for Punjab, more investments should be made in mitigation activities to meet international commitment, need to invest more in climate control related tasks like biodiversity and vulnerable ecosystem where less than three million allocations in both years could not be sufficient to avoid adverse effects of climate change etc.
Addressing the ceremony, Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz said that a comprehensive and the best policy would be finalized soon for protecting our environment.

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