PR No. 267 “100 times more trees be planted in advance to replace trees damaged during construction work”, Mushahidullah Khan. Islamabad: 30th October 2017

The standing committee on climate change was held at parliament to discuss the agenda of National Disaster Management Authority.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan said during the meetingthat United Nations charters demands to have 12 percent of forest cover on total land of a country but Pakistan has only 5 percent forest cover.

He further added that there should be proper legislation to ensure that 100 times more tress be planted in advance to replace tress damaged during any construction work.

 There should be parameters to check the type, life and carbon stored in trees expected to be demolished during any development project.

 He also told the committee that there is a technology that implants complete trees on other place.

 We should try to get that technology to save trees during construction work.

The chairman National Disaster Management Authority LieutenantGeneral OmerMehmood Hayat supported the proposed amendment regarding gender sensitivity in disaster management.

The committee was formed comprising of Senator Ahmed Hassan and Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh to discuss legalities with Ministry of Law and Justice and National Disaster Management Authority.

 The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Ahmed Hassan, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, Senator NuzhatSadiq,officials of National Disaster Management Authority , Ministry of Climate Change and media officials.