Islamabad: Adviser to Prime Minister (PM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam stated that Pakistan had no option but to fight climate change through effective mitigation and adaptive measures — so as to save the country’s future generations from dire consequences, a news source reported.
Speaking at an event, Aslam revealed that the government had successfully launched its Ecosystem Restoration Fund at a side event of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25), along with development partners. He said that this was a result of the forward-looking and focused vision adapted for climate change mitigation and adaptation by the Pakistan government.
The adviser to the PM went on to delineate Pakistan’s five-point agenda for climate change mitigation. These include planting 10 billion trees; encouraging the use of electric vehicles; a 30% clean energy transformation target by 2030; materialising nature-based solutions for common issues; stopping the use of plastic-bags in the country; and, recharging Pakistan’s programmes for tackling floods.
Speaking on the recent German Watch Ranking, in which Pakistan was ranked as the 5th most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change, Aslam stated that the ranking was based on the average of the last 20 years of climate impact — which is why many countries were automatically excluded from the list. He added that, however, this did not mean that the government had done nothing to combat climate change in the country.