Muzaffarabad (PR), June 06.2010:
Press For Peace (PFP) has called for revolutionary actions to save the region from environmental disasters due to the rapid deforestation, unwise constructions and lack of sustainable livelihood.
“We hail from a resourceful region, but due to the negligence and incompetency of present and past governments our mother earth is leading towards a great catastrophe which would diminish our enormous biodiversity heritage.”
Said speakers in a symposium on” Environment and the Challenges of Reconstruction”, organized by Press For Peace (PFP) with the connection of World Environment day celebrations. PFP Director Raja Wasim, Ammiruddin Mughal, Maraj Alam, Safeer Raza, Aurangzeb Saifullah and others were among the speakers.
The speakers highlighted the need of speedy and coordinated measures by the governments for the protection of natural resources of the region.
They said that the severe impact of global warming in the region is resulting in many recent tragedies like Atta bad Lake, drought and other related manifestations.
They maintained that deforestation, unwise construction of roads, and lack of mass awareness programs are resulting in increasing ecological imbalances in Azad Kashmir where more than 80 per cent population has no access to clean drinking water.
The speakers also raised concerns about the some mega development project like Neelum Jehlum Hydro Power project.