Need stressed for nature-based solution to tackle climatic challenges

Web DeskWeb Editor

26th Aug, 2021. 01:39 pm

LAHORE: Sohail Ali Naqvi, head of Freshwater Programme, WWF-Pakistan, has stressed the need to look for the nature-based solutions to face the challenges posed by the climate change.

Speaking at a tree plantation activity, organised by the WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with the Irrigation Department at the Field Research Station, Babakwal, Sheikhupura, to mark the World Water Week 2021, he said, Pakistan ranks among the top 10 most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change, even though it is not the major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

Naqvi said that water scarcity, food insecurity, biodiversity loss and variable monsoon patterns are due to the climate change.

Chaudhry Shahid Saleem, chief engineer of the Irrigation Department, said that trees are an integral part of maintaining a healthy water cycle. The tree plantation will not only help absorb existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but will also aid in offsetting current emissions, as well.

Ghulam Zakir Hassan Sial, director of the Irrigation Research Institute, appreciated the WWF-Pakistan’s efforts for combating climate change and expressed the hope that synergies between the two organisations will pave the way for preserving the country’s natural resources through innovation and impact creation.

With the latest IPCC report warning that global temperatures will rise a decade earlier than projected, it is imperative that the climate change mitigation and adaptation measures are taken on war-footing. The WWF-Pakistan, under its Freshwater Programme, is striving to revive rivers and wetlands, reduce water pollution and increase access to safe drinking water by promoting water stewardship, security and conservation.

In this regard, the nature-based solutions such as rangeland management, watershed management, floating treatment wetlands, retention ponds, gabion weirs and check dams are being utilised across the country to deliver measurable positive benefits for the country’s depleting water resources.

The programme is also building the capacity of the private and public sector on improving environmental sustainability and livelihoods in Pakistan by supporting sustainable economic growth and development.

These interventions aim at creating and increasing climate ambition and ecosystem functionality in Pakistan.

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