Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday accorded in-principle approval to the concept plan of ‘Ecological restoration of the Indus Basin for a climate resilient future’.
The decision was taken as the prime minister chaired the fourth meeting of the Committee on Climate Change.
The concept plan comprises conservation and pollution control measures to be taken in up-stream, Indus plain and downstream of the Indus River Basin.
A detailed plan will be completed within four months for approval and implementation and will provide the vision and an action-based framework to integrate current initiatives and develop new initiatives to fill the gaps.
The meeting also accorded approval for concept proposal for ‘Nature policy-based
budgetary support’ by the World Bank that will accelerate innovative green financing for development projects in the country.
The meeting was briefed that air pollution problems started from November, which was the driest month, that affected most areas of Punjab. Moreover, violations of the Indus Water Treaty has adversely impacted the bio-diversity of Indus River Basin in Pakistan.