ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid on Tuesday said that Pakistan was developing comprehensive policies and plans to tackle climate change.
He was addressing the Pre-COP 23 Consultative Dialogue on climate change mitigation. The event had been organised by the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change in Islamabad. "The Pre-COP-22 Consultative Dialogue held last year did help to crystallise our thinking regarding the Climate Change issue highlighted in Marrakech. The organisers initiated the consultative process four months ago. A series of six dialogues are planned to be held over six weeks on specific thematic areas, which includes adaptation and mitigation, loss and damage, national determined contributions, means of implementation, new market mechanisms and transparency measurements."
He highlighted the various achievements of the Ministry of Climate Change including ratification of Paris Climate Agreement, submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, Green Pakistan Programme, approval of a new Forest Policy from Council of Common Interests, passing of Climate Change Act, declaring Astola Island first marine protected area of Pakistan, reforming Global Change Impact Study Centre and adoption Sustainable Goals as national goals by the National Assembly of Pakistan.
"We should point out three key aspects from submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions at COP-23. First, the projected increase in Green House Gases emissions is four times. Second, the potential of reducing emissions by 20 percent is subject to availability of $40 billion at current price and adaptation needs ranging from $7 to 14 billion per year over the period 2010-2015."