EXPERTS CALL FOR REDUCING GREEN HOUSE GAS EMISSION TO ZERO LEVEL BY 2050 - Pakistan News Digest

EXPERTS CALL FOR REDUCING GREEN HOUSE GAS EMISSION TO ZERO LEVEL BY 2050

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Agriculture experts and research scientists here on Sunday called for reducing green house gas omission up to zero level by 2050 in order to mitigate the climate change challenges, which were posing serious threat for human being as well as for the agriculture sector across the globe, reported Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

Addressing a pre-press conference of the 4th Climate Change Adaptation, Policy and Science Conference (CCAPS), they stressed the need for adopting an holistic approach to prevent the mountains and glaciers by taking immediate measures to stop the deforestation.

The event is being hosted by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARDC) in collaboration with International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and LEAD Pakistan, aiming at building a platform for climate change adaptation and resilience, research in the region and create synergies with actions currently conducted or proposed by the other stakeholders.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of PARC Dr Yousuf Zafar said the event would be held here from February 26 to 27 and it would be attended by renowned international researchers, policy makers and thought leaders from USA, Canada, Netherlands, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

He said the conference would facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas on science, policy and good practices related to climate change adaptation in Hindu-Kush, Himalayan (HKH) Region, especially across the Indus-Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basins.

The two-day conference, sponsored by the Governments of Canada and United kingdom, would be the 4th series.

Dr Yousuf said Pakistan was the most vulnerable in terms of climate change and had faced severe circumstances including droughts, flash floods and weather shifting, which had damaged the growth of its national agricultural economy.

Despite that, the share of Pakistan was below to nominal in green house gas emission control, but it had taken serious steps to fulfill its commitments made in the Paris Convention to mitigate climate change issues and challenges, he said.

The government had established a resource centre in Gilgit mountain as well 12 centres dealing with different ecologies, and also a glacier inventory.

He said the country was focusing on climate smart agriculture practices in order to protect its natural environment while tackling the growing domestic demands for staple food and livestock.

The Director General of ICIMOD, Dr David Molden meanwhile said the consortium of eight countries and several universities had been set up to monitor mountains and glaciers by involving the local community.

He said climate change was a serious challenge for mountains and glaciers and the conference would help to prepare a policy towards their protection and making people more resilient to climate change.

Source: Nam News Network

   

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