PM stresses for water treatment plants to purify contaminated surface water of rivers

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

08th Feb, 2021. 05:57 pm
PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan has on Monday directed to ensure complete transparency, including actively engaging SUPARCO, for satellite imagery in the execution of Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme across the country.

The premier was chairing a meeting of Prime Minister’s Committee on Climate Change at Islamabad today.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Faisal Vawda, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, SAPM Malik Amin Aslam, Minister of State Zartaj Gul, SAPM Dr. Moeed Yousaf, and senior officials were present during the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the latest inventory reserves of Green House Gases (GHG) and progress made on Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme. It was informed that Pakistan’s emission growth is 9% below Business as Usual baseline and also below the NDC (Nationally Determined Commitments).

Moreover, SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam informed the meeting that the deforestation rate has significantly been reduced from 12000 hectares/year to 8000 ha/y from 2012-2016 and will further fall with 10BTT success.

The meeting was  informed that the country is ranked as 8th in terms of Climate Vulnerability Ranking and is faced with threats of rain variability, urban flooding, increased temperature and formation of glacial lakes.

Furthermore, Pakistan is set to achieve first Billion Tree target by the middle of 2021, which will be celebrated across the country, the meeting was informed.

Additionally, Pakistan is on target to achieve Phase-I of 3.2 billion trees by 2023, the meeting was further informed.

The meeting was informed that 80,000 jobs were offered during the COVID-19 under 10 BTT project.

However, while appreciating the efforts of Ministry of Climate Change, PM Imran directed to actively look into the possibility of net zero emissions for Pakistan which may become possible with enhancement of the carbon sequestration potential.

The Prime Minister also stressed upon the need for water treatment plants to purify contaminated surface water of the rivers.

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