ISLAMABAD: After being devastated by the most severe flood in history, Pakistan has formally approved its first draft of the climate change policy.
KARACHI, Jan 16: A number of plant species in the country have become extinct while many more are on the verge of extinction and the situation demands that the government take immediate measures to conserve plants on scientific lines.
Pakistan is the only country in the world where altitude varies from sea level to 8,611 metres (the mountain of K2).
ACCORDING to the news item (Dec 31), the Sindh Minister for Power, Shazia Marri said that the areas downstream Kotri barrage are in worst ecological conditions due to scarcity of fresh water and intrusion of seawater. She appealed to all the stakeholders to release freshwater, as it was necessary for the protection of biodiversity in the downstream areas.
Pakistan is losing its flora at an alarming rate. It has the second highest rate of deforestation in the world, and studies suggest it would lose all naturally grown trees within 15 years if no mass-scale conservation efforts were put in place.The awareness of plant significance in government circles may be gauged from the fact that there is no department in the country that works for plant protection. Hence, no botanical survey has ever been carried out in the country’s history.
ISLAMABAD, May 20: The government on Thursday announced that it had phased out chemicals that were responsible for ozone layer depletion and asked the armed forces to go for alternative substances necessary for military purposes.
The message came during a seminar that was part of the ministry of environment’s initiative to engage civil and military users of dangerous chemicals to phase out substances that had been banned under international treaties for being harmful to environment.
ISLAMABAD, April 18: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi has said environment was at the forefront of the authority’s development projects and called for concerted efforts for its conservation to save the future of coming generations.
He expressed these views while talking to mediapersons after prize distribution ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Nature Carnival 2010 organised by the CDA in collaboration with the WWF Pakistan and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).