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PR No.178 FEDERAL MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ZAHID HAMID OFFERED FULL SUPPORT OF GLOBAL CHANGE IMPACT STUDY CENTRE OF PAKISTAN TO SNOW LEOPARD SECRETARIAT AND RANGE OF COUNTRIES TO HELP PLAN INTERVENTION AT GLOBAL SNOW LEOPARD STEERING COMMITTEE IN NEPAL. Islamabad: January 20, 2017

Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid inaugurated the meeting of Global Snow Leopard Steering Committee with the Prime Minister of Nepal and twelve snow leopard range countries.

“Pakistan is ready to provide full support of Global Change Impact Study Centre Pakistan to Snow Leopard Secretariat and range countries with solid science to help interventions “Said by the Federal Minister for Climate Change addressing the Global Snow Leopard Steering Committee.

He also emphasized the pivoting role of communities that live in snow leopard habitat. He also highlighted that Pakistan has prepared new forest policy with the consultation of provinces. It includes forestry, wildlife, biodiversity, water and other important components. He also informed about the Climate Change Act under which Climate Change Council would be established chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan

The Minister for environment of Kirghizstan Mr.Rustamov invited Prime Minister and President of Pakistan for Global snow leopard Summit in Bishkek, Kirghizstan   in September 2017.

Mr.Rizwan Mehboob Prime Minister’s focal person on climate change and Green Pakistan Program, Mr. Syed Mehmood Nasir, Inspector General Forests and Dr. Ali Nawaz are attending this event from Pakistan

Federal Minister for Climate Change Chaired the meeting as Pakistan was elected as chair for two years in March 2015.

The Snow Leopard is a majestic and elusive animal found only in 12 countries including Pakistan. Its healthy population signifies a healthy climate.

The Bishkek Declaration was adopted by 12 range countries during the Snow leopard Forum in October, 2013 under the Leadership of His Excellency President Atambaev of Kyrgyzstan. To review and guide various elements of management and implementation of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), the second high level steering committee meeting is being organized in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Co-Organizers are Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program Secretariat, Global Environment Facility, Snow Leopard Trust, United Nations Development Program and World Wildlife Fund.

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