LAHORE: Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan signed an MoU with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Planning and Development Department (P&DD), Government of Punjab, to formulate Punjab climate change policy and providing strategic benefits of research, management, training, capacity building and development programs on low-carbon development and economic growth, read a press statement.
The MoU was signed by Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan and Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN); Dr. Iqbal Muhammad Chauhan, Secretary, Environment Protection Department (EPD); and Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, Secretary, P&DD.
According to the MoU, LEAD Pakistan will help in the capacity building of EPA and P&DD Punjab in different aspects of climate compatible development, provide technical expertise to the policy development process, and help coordinate, consult and engage relevant stakeholders in the preparation to draft provincial climate change policy and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) action plans; and assess their capacity for implementation and recommending policy measures for capacity building of stakeholders.
Information will also be collected from various government departments regarding climatic variations in Punjab and their impact. All parties mutually agreed to highlight the contribution of Pakistan, especially Punjab to the global greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions and suggesting measures to reduce them, with a particular focus on incorporating them in the provincial climate change policy.
The MoU will help to identify the relevant stakeholders including provincial departments, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions having roles and responsibilities in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Punjab province.
It will also help to address issues such as disaster preparedness, capacity building, institutional strengthening and technology transfer to steer Punjab towards climate resilient development, and
incorporating them in the provincial policy on climate change.
According to Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, ‘LEAD Pakistan will assist in the capacity building of members of P&DD, EPA and members of the extended team for the development of Punjab’s climate change policy. Moreover, LEAD Pakistan will provide technical assistance in setting up a Climate Cell in P&DD, and if necessary maintain a physical presence in the P&DD office to facilitate and support climate compatible development’.
A study will also be conducted in this regard and analysis of all existing policies, plans, strategies such as Annual Development Program of Punjab, Development Strategy, Agriculture Policy, Forest Policy, National Climate Change Policy, provincial and district Disaster Management Plans etc. will be done, so that it can be integrated in the draft climate change policy recommendations.
It’s also aimed that this understanding will help to identify areas vulnerable to natural disasters and unpredictable climatic changes using Geographical Information System (GIS) and giving policy recommendations to enhance resilience of people to cope with climate change.
Geo-Tagging technology for plantation launched
KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail today while launching the “CO2 Smart Executive Club” at NED University of Engineering and Technology, termed it as welcome move in order to have an oxygen-friendly environment.
“There are multiple issues pertinent to climate change and global warming; and it is a unique initiative, very well designed to show the effects of plantation in real time,” he explained.
He put emphasis upon the Clean and Green Pakistan initiative of the present government to reduce the adverse climate change effects on multiple fronts in the country.
He said that the subject matter and the themes covered were of prime significance and also very close to the endeavors of the government. The generation and sharing of knowledge on this count is definitely going to improve prospects of the country.
“I feel that it is the true responsibility of a University to engage itself in civil society with the intention of social and economic service,” the Governor said.
Earlier, the Governor was informed that Geo-tagging technology would be ensured to keep a watch on the saplings planted under “The carbon dioxide smart Executive club.”
The smart executive club is working on devising a method under Geo-tagging technology to estimate proportion of oxygen and carbon dioxide in different areas of the city and to act accordingly by planting more saplings in carbon dioxide condensed areas to ensure oxygen friendly environment.
Ozone hole slowly on the mend
WELLINGTON: The ozone hole is slowly on the mend, according to New Zealand scientists studying the atmosphere over Antarctica on Monday.
The data came from a small observation lab that has been running at Scott Base, New Zealand’s outpost on the frozen continent, for the past 30 years.
The remote research center is home to several atmospheric studies and research into the ozone hole over Antarctica.
Ozone absorbs ultraviolet light emitted by the sun, protecting humans, plants, and animals from radiation that can cause skin cancer and sunburn.
Richard Querel, an atmospheric scientist based in Otago, used data from the center to make assessments. He said the data showed that slowly over time the ozone hole is getting smaller thanks to the international ban on the chemical CFC, which is used in refrigerants, and known to destroy ozone.
JIT to check environmental distraction in Kohat Division due to Oil & Gas fields
PESHAWAR: Adviser to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Energy and Power Development Hamayatullah Khan has said that a joint investigation commissioner would be formed soon to appraise the government about the rising of air-pollution due to increase of oil and gas fields in Kohat Division.
He said this during his visit to inspect the oil and gas fields besides ever increase in different diseases due to air-pollution.
He said the Commission would investigate ways and means regarding the air pollutions so that a comprehensive strategy could be evolved and save the precious human lives in Kohat Division.
Member National Assembly Shahid Khan Khattak, MPA Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhail, Zahoor Shakir, Shah Faisal, Secretary Energy and Power Department Muhammad Saleem Khan, Additional Secretary Muhammad Asif, Deputy Commissioner Karak, Kohat, Hangu, Chief Engineer Owais Shaheel, Senior Geologist Kashif Ishaq, Geologist Kashif Tanveer, Deputy General Manager Muhammad Aslam Khattak, representatives from OGDCL, MOL Oil and Gas Company, SNGPL were also present.
He directed the companies to take appropriate, positive and solid measures so keep the environment clean for the valuable human lives in Kohat Division.
He said for corporate social responsibilities more tree plantations drives be introduced to keep the environment clean besides addressing the complaints of the members of provincial assemblies.
Hamayatullah Khan, the Adviser to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, also visited Doke Hussain, Noshaba and Makri Oil and Gas Field.
Member of the National and Provincial Assemblies also expressed their grave concerned and said that due to these oil and gas companies all infrastructure has been badly damaged and roads of the Kohat Division have been damaged due to heavy traffic.
He said an audit would be conducted on a third party so that good work should be come forward and encouraged those working for the welfare of the people in the area.