ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam here today said that wildlife conservation was the topmost priority of the incumbent government as it would enhance tourism in the country.
He made these remarks in a meeting with Director Snow Leopard Foundation Dr. Ali Nawaz and Chairman Islamabad Wildlife Management Board Dr. Anis ur Rehman said a statement.
He reiterated that Prime Minister Imran Khan took a keen interest in environmental and wildlife protection and tourism promotion and he [Prime Minister] directed to formulate “Tourism Policy”.
He added that northern areas of Pakistan have been endowed with endangered species that includes Deosai Black Snow Bears, Snow Leopard, Ibex, adding Snow Leopard Foundation’s contribution in conservation, protection of wildlife and operation against illegal hunting and trade were laudable.
Malik Amin Aslam said that the establishment of a Leopard safari park in Pakistan would not only boost economy and tourism but also increase wildlife and Pakistan’s image at an international forum.
Snow Leopard Foundation Director Dr. Ali Nawaz mentioned that two hundred snow leopards were recorded and regularly vaccinated against epidemic diseases and protected from illegal hunting.
Islamabad Wildlife Management Board Chairman Dr. Anees ur Rehman elaborated the Board’s operation in protecting Margalla Hills trees, campaigns, fire preventive measure public awareness seminars, anti-encroachment operation.
Malik Amin Aslam assured his maximum assistance in their efforts of environmental protection, it added.
British Shadow Justice Minister on climate change
BRADFORD: Climate/ecological change is one of the biggest challenges that humanity faces in the modern era.
This was maintained by the British Shadow Justice Minister Barrister Imran Hussain MP: “With disaster awaiting if we do not make substantial changes to the way that we live our lives, and I was visited recently by school children from Bradford who came to talk to me about their campaign against climate change.
“It’s always positive to see young people get involved in a deeply important issue, and their actions should serve as a wakeup call to the Government that their views must no longer be ignored.
“They are also right to be worried about the kind of planet they will inherit and demand far-reaching action, for if we do not act over the next 12 years, we will forever miss the opportunity to do anything about it.”
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Minister opens Clean and Green Pakistan drive
LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Transport Jahanzeb Khan Khichi Thursday said that Pakistan would emerge as the new Switzerland of South Asia due to the clean & green campaign.
Addressing a ceremony arranged in connection with Clean & Green Pakistan campaign here at Daanish School of Vehari, he said: “the people should actively participate to make it a success because neat & clean environment depicts civilized nations.” The minister inaugurated the campaign by planting a tree while students from different schools and colleges planted 5,000 saplings. In his address, the minister stressed the need for a clean environment for the younger generations, adding that trees were very vital as they gave oxygen, store carbon and also gave life to the wildlife. The ceremony was also attended by MNA Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, MPA Ali Raza Khakwani, Chairman District Council Peer Ghulam Mohyuddin Chishti and Deputy Commissioner Irfan Ali Kathia.
Can Japan end its obsession with plastic?
TOKYO: Amid global concern apropos single-use waste, new legislation can help end Japan’s obsession with plastic.
The push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to use the meeting to push for an agreement on reducing marine plastic waste. But the country’s own record on single-use plastic is hardly exemplary: Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN.
“We believe there is room to reduce that volume and we are now considering ways to do that,” said Kentaro Doi, director of plastic waste strategy at Japan’s environment ministry. In 2018, Japan’s government unveiled a proposal to start tackling the issue, with the goal of reducing the country’s 9.4 million tonnes of plastic waste a year by 25 percent by 2030.
A key part of the proposal is to require businesses to charge for plastic bags – a measure that has been already been widely adopted around the world. “What we are going to do is to put a value on it… we would like people to think about whether it is really necessary to use them,” Doi told the Media.
But government officials acknowledge Japan is coming to the issue late – dozens of countries already require businesses to charge for plastic bags, and many have banned their use outright. “Other countries were ahead of us,” concedes Doi, adding that the policy in Japan “will be introduced in 2020, at the earliest.”