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PR No. 120 “THE SOLID WASTES OF KARACHI FLOWING INTO SEA SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN BLUE ECONOMY PROJECT OF WORLD BANK”, FEDERAL MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MUSHAHIDULLAH KHAN Islamabad: 19th September 2017

Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan held a meeting with the delegation of World Bank at Ministry of Climate Change.

            Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan said while talking to delegation that thousands of tons wastes from Karachi flows into sea which is not only polluting sea but also hampers growth of mangroves and fisheries. He further said these waste being discharged into sea should be included in the Blue Economy project of World Bank.

            Ms. Rahat Jabeen environmentalist Specialist from World Bank apprized the Minister that World Bank emphasizes the uplifting the socio economic conditions in developing countries. She further highlighted that Punjab has better capacity building skills in forestry sector. She also emphasized that Baluchistan province has great potential to revive forestry through protecting mangroves. She also informed that mangroves forests are part of their Blue Economy Project and they are also working on sustainable fisheries projects. She also informed the minister that World Bank wants Federal Government to use money of World Bank as incentives for provinces. The province which shows better performance in forestry sector should be rewarded with this money.

            Earlier Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmed Akif requested Economic Affairs division to assist in mobilizing matching funds to increase pool for implementing different components of Green Pakistan Program. The World Bank on request of Economic Affairs Division visited Pakistan in June 2017.Three potential areas were identified by world Bank Scoping Mission for additional funding through Green Pakistan Program.1) Forest investment for resilient landscapes and infrastructure. It shall support protection of important physical infrastructure such as roads, water supply, irrigation and hydropower facilities by mitigating disaster risks related to forest landscapes and forest ecosystem.2) Forest investment for economic and livelihood development. It shall develop benefits related to restoration of production forests and agro forestry system to meet crop, livestock, timber and non timber forest products that are essential for livelihood of rural poor.3) Capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management. It shall facilitate exchange of best practices and knowledge among provinces and with the international community.

            The meeting was attended by Jiang Ru, Senior Environmental specialist, Ms. Rahat Jabeen Environmental Specialist, Mr. Najam us Sahir Senior Social Development Specialist, Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Inspector General Forest Syed Mehmood Nasir.

 

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