ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China are working to deepen their cooperation in the field of oceanography. The objective behind the joint effort is to protect the oceans from the negative impact of climatic change and minimize the threats to marine life.
The seventh Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute of Oceanography, chaired by Federal Minister for Science and Technology and Defense Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain at the federal capital on Thursday reviewed various research projects and proposals underway between the two countries.
Ministry of Science and Technology informed The Express Tribune that research proposals include establishment of China-Pakistan Joint Marine Scientific Centre, organizing workshop on South China Institute of Oceanography and monitoring rise in sea levels among others.
Federal Minister said that the ongoing projects are of utmost importance because climate change on oceans – known as the heritage of the earth – is having a deep impact with every passing day. Dr. Asif Inam, Director General, National Institute of Oceanography briefed the board about the overall scientific progress on the various ongoing programmes.
The federal minister directed the DG NIO to take measureable steps to handle the issue of plastic waste and debris dumping in the coastal areas. It was unanimously agreed that preserving the oceanic environment including coasts, sea and marine life is the need of the hour.
Relations between Pakistan and China have seen unprecedented growth ever since Beijing announced its ‘belt and road initiative.’ CPEC, a flagship program of belt and road plan envisages linking economies of over 65 countries.