Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan is representing Pakistan at Conference of Parties session 13 to Combat Desertification in China.
He highlighted while addressing to high-level segment of conference that Pakistan is severely affected by land desertification and degradation like many other countries. About 80 percent area of the country is arid or semi arid and is prone to land degradation. He further said two third of its human population depends on these dry lands for their livelihood.
He also said that the country has a fast growing population of 210 million people. Most of the rural population survives on the fragile rain fed lands prone to desertification. Pakistan recognizes the seriousness problem of land degradation and desertification and has developed its national action program to fight the problem. The government of Pakistan is implementing Sustainable Land Management Program to combat desertification in collaboration with the provincial government. This program is jointly funded by Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Program and Government of Pakistan.
The session started on 6th September and will end on 16th September 2017. The Convention, the only convention stemming from a direct recommendation of the Rio Conference's Agenda 21, was adopted in Paris, France on 17 June 1994 and entered into force in December 1996. It is the only internationally legally binding framework set up to address the problem of desertification.