Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Monday said that provinces should make efforts to implement the actions assigned under National Climate Change Policy (NCCP). Addressing the fourth meeting of National Climate Change Policy Implementation Committee here, the minister said that climate change is a national issue and requires efforts to combat it at many levels.
He said that all provinces should take interest and prepare their projects on emergency basis and the federal government will try to get funding for the projects. He said that today the world is observing International Mountain Day. Pakistan is geographically located in area where highest mountain ranges Karakoram, Hindu Kush and Himalayas are under threats of glacier melting due to climate change that is directly impacting people of Pakistan in forms of floods.
Earlier the Director General Environment Irfan Tariq briefed about the decisions taken in previous meeting. An official from Punjab briefed the meeting that they have formulated provincial smog policy that issuance of health advisory,issuance of traffic advisory, ban on burning of crop residue to prevent smoke-emission, shutting down of major smoke emitting industries, introduction of low-sulphur fuels, adoption of Euro-II standards for reduction of vehicular emission etc. They also briefed about Clean Air Action Plan. Representative of Sindh told that they have submitted 86 projects on priority and short term basis.—APP