Pakistan urged to tackle Climate Change seriously

posted Dec 9, 2009, 2:05 PM by Zafar Iqbal   [ updated Dec 9, 2009, 2:08 PM by PFP Admin ]

Islamabad, Wednesday, 09-12, 2009: Press for Peace (PFP) has urged government of Pakistan to take both preventive and corrective measures to combat and tackle worst impact of climate change.

“Like its neighboring countries, Pakistan should take firm stance on environmental issues to join international efforts to mitigate the global warming.”

 Ecologist and Pattern of PFP Task Force on climate change, Ejaz Ur Rehman on Wednesday asked government of  Pakistan to raise and highlight the issue of sustainable and fair distribution of water resources of the region in ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference(December 07-Decmber 18,2009 at Copenhagen.

Refereeing to the latest situation of IDPs in Pakistan, he said that around 1.25 million people are living still displaced  because of war and conflict in the Baluchistan , NWFP and Federal Administered Areas(FATA), which, apart from economic and social cost,  also  causing  adverse damage to natural habitat of the region. He added that this displaced population of IDPs is highly vulnerable to harsh climatic conditions, social dislocation, insecurity and facing shelter and food shortages.

He opined that Pakistan must ask international community to join hands with adequate technical and financial resources to meet the requirements of human migration and displacement and other environmental issues.

“Relief and rehabilitations efforts of National and International aid agencies are not adequate to cope with the effects of armed conflict on the environment”.

He maintained that Government should not ignore the vital sector of environment because of its utmost attention to the war on terrorism.

“The sensitivity of the problem of climate change needs extra efforts, serious commitment, resources and attention of the government and policymakers.”

He said that the effects of climate change are already being felt and if remedial measures are not initiated in time, the coming generations will have to pay a heavy price for it as their lives and survival depends upon a safer and secure planet.

 

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