18 Aug 2019

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Experts for reducing green house gas emission to zero level by 2050

 

ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Agriculture experts and research scientists here on Sunday called for reducing greenhouse gas omission up to zero level by 2050 in order to mitigate the climate change challenges, which were posing a serious threat for human being as well as for the agriculture sector across the globe.

Addressing a pre-press conference of the 4th Climate Change Adaptation, Policy and Science Conference (CCAPS), they stressed the need for adopting a 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 (PARC) in collaboration with International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and LEAD Pakistan, aiming at to 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.

He informed that the event would be held here at a local hotel from February 26 to 27, which would be attend by renowned international researchers, policy makers and thought leaders from USA, Canada, Netherlands, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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

He further informed that the two-day conference was being sponsored by the Government of Canada and United kingdom was 4th in series.

He 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 agricultural national economy.

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

The government had established an resource center in PARC, where as a mountain center in Gilgit, besides establishing 12 center in different ecologies and developed an glacier inventory to intimate other stakeholders.

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

Speaking on the occasion Director General ICIMOD Dr David Molden said the consortium of eight countries and several universities to prevent the mountains and glaciers by involving the local community on board.

He said climate change was a serious challenge for mountains and glaciers and the conference would help to prepare a policy to prevent these as well as mountain water and make the people more resilient about climate change.

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