World Environment Day: President Zardari for promoting forestation in rural & urban residential areas

Government of PakistanWorld Environment Day: President Zardari for promoting forestation in rural & urban...

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Asif Ali Zardari has underlined the need to adopt sustainable land management practices, and water conservation techniques besides supporting community action to promote forestation in rural and urban residential areas.

In his statement on the occasion of World Environment Day being observed on Wednesday with the theme “Land Restoration, Stopping Desertification and Building Drought Resilience”, the president said that we are commemorating World Environment Day to raise awareness about the issues of land degradation, desertification, and droughts.

   

The president said that Pakistan is among the few Countries that have been most affected by the adverse impacts of climate change. During the past few years, Pakistan has witnessed diverse climate phenomena, including floods, droughts, heatwaves, and forest fires, he added.

President Zardari said that the focus of this World Environment Day on land restoration, desertification combat, and drought resilience is quite pertinent. He said that this day highlights our shared responsibility to protect our environment for future generations

“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to overcoming these issues by pioneering innovative solutions and fostering international partnerships,” he said.

The president said that Pakistan’s unwavering resolve to tackle environmental challenges is showcased through initiatives like the Green Pakistan Programme which has made significant strides in afforestation and ecosystem restoration.

Initiatives such as the National Adaptation Plan and the Climate Smart Agriculture reflect our dedication to sustainable agricultural practices and land degradation mitigation, he further said.

President Asif Ali Zardari was of the view that although Pakistan is taking steps to tackle desertification, land degradation and drought through the restoration of degraded forests, and agricultural lands but much more needs to be done.

The president stressed that we need to mobilize federal and provincial departments and local communities to combat desertification, land degradation and droughts by efficiently managing and charging our water resources, restoring pastures, and enhancing the water-holding capacity of soils by planting more trees.

“I am sure that our focus on climate adaptation and mitigation would prove to be indispensable in ensuring our nation’s sustainability,” the president said.

“On this World Environment Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to protect the environment and surmount these challenges to ensure a healthier, safer, and more resilient planet for our future generations,” he added.

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