Combating climate change: Saarc members told to enhance cooperation

Holds meeting with federal minister for climate change


Our Correspondent August 11, 2016
The minister said National Disaster Management Authority had also been established to deal with disaster-management activities. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank country director has suggested increasing regional cooperation through the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) platform to meet climate change challenges.

Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Climate Change Zahid Hamid held a meeting with the World Bank Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan, to discuss Pakistan and climate change from a regional lens.

“South Asia’s geo-climatic location is between the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean-Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, thus it is vulnerable to climate-related disasters caused by multiple hazards from glacier melting to sea-level rise,” said Illangovan.

He also suggested increasing regional cooperation through the Saarc platform.

Hamid said, “Pakistan has developed a comprehensive strategy to address climate change, which identifies policy approaches and implementation pathways for both adaptation and mitigation, and these are our essential priorities.”

He also mentioned that the government had taken steps to cope with the challenge including establishment of Climate Change Authority and Climate Change Act, expert study group to formulate INDCs, development of National Climate Change Policy, and establishment of Global Change-Impact Study Centre for conducting climate change-related research.

The minister said National Disaster Management Authority had also been established to deal with disaster-management activities.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2016.

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