Islamabad: October 13, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired 3rd meeting of the PM’s Committee on Climate Change here today.
The Prime Minister said that “it was our government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which undertook the initiative of billion tree tsunami and now the whole world is following our footsteps”. He said that international community is acknowledging Pakistan’s realistic and tangible steps to mitigate impacts of climate change.
The Prime Minister directed Ministry of Climate Change to review targets and formulate new goals aiming at fast-tracking the steps required to preserve natural environment. He emphasized that preservation of Pakistan’s National Parks is paramount and we should induct trained manpower and utilize modern technology.
The Prime Minister accorded in-principle approval for the “National Climate Change Policy, 2021” and “National Wildlife Policy, 2021” and directed that a special zone in the Margalla Hills be declared as a leopard preservation zone. He also approved establishment of Wildlife Information Center at Islamabad’s Marghazar Zoo.
The Prime Minister also directed establishment of a think-tank to coordinate efforts between various ministries and to devise out-of-the-box solutions for climate change mitigation.
He appreciated the efforts of SAPM Malik Amin Aslam for environmental protection and highlighting Pakistan’s efforts in this field. Earlier, SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam briefed the meeting in detail about Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Climate Change Policy, National Wildlife Policy and Green Climate Diplomacy.
The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Syed Fakhar Imam, Muhammad Hamad Azhar, Ch. Moonis Elahi, National Security Advisor Dr. Moeed Yousaf, Minister of State Ms. Zartaj Gul, SAPM Dr. Shehbaz Gill, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and Chief Minister Gilgit Balitistan Mr. Khalid Khursheed.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, Prime Minister AJ&K Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi and Minister Environment Sindh Ismail Rahu joined the meeting via video link.