ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is home to some of the most beautiful and varied topography but unfortunately its fragile ecosystem is under threat due to massive cutting of trees and degradation of wetland areas by pollution, urbanisation and lack of conservation efforts. The facts were revealed on Thursday in the concluding session of the Media Workshop on Climate Change and Mountain Ecosystem that was organised on Thursday. The workshop was jointly arranged by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) aimed at capacity building of journalists for effectively reporting on climate change and mountain ecosystem related issues in order to help boost the efforts for raising awareness in the concerned areas. Federal Minister for Environment , Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, was the chief guest, while Secretary, Ministry of Environment , Kamran Lashari, Dr Maurice Robson, Director UNISCO, Islamabad, Young-Woo Park, Regional Director ,UNEP, also addressed on the occasion. Journalists from all parts of the country and renowned climate change and environment experts, including ex-minister Malik Amin Aslam, Regional Information Officer UNEP Stawant Kaur, Shafqat Kakakhel, Ashique Ahmed Khan and Dr Pervaiz Ameer on the occasion. While speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister for Environment , Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, said that a number of environmental problems have emerged in the past two decades, which are global in scale but have impacts for Pakistan too. He informed that the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the UNEP, UNESCO and other development partners has chalked out a comprehensive programme for capacity building of media persons working on environment. The minister announced that the Green Journalists Awards and Excellence Awards to recognise the efforts of media professionals for creating awareness on environmental issues. He said that the ministry was also planning to establish the Green Journalists Forums in Islamabad, Provincial Capitals, Northern Areas, AJK and FATA. He asked the journalists to voluntarily help the Ministry of Environment in shaping this networking of green journalists across the country. He called upon the journalists to put all efforts to build strong linkages for creating awareness among all tiers of the society and hoped that their support and cooperation to the Ministry for achieving the goal of a healthy and clean environment would continue. Earlier during the inaugural speech, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment said that the adverse impact of climate change on our population, economy and natural resources are increasing everyday, despite the fact that Pakistan is not the major polluter in the world community. Sharing his experiences Ashique Ahmed Khan, Member Advisory Committee Ministry of Environment highlighted importance of mountains ecosystem and role of media. Addressing the workshop, the Regional Director UNEP Young Woo Park said that a networking of the journalists is vital for boosting the efforts of environmental preservation and conservation. UNEP will extend all-out support to the Ministry for capacity building of the journalists working on environment, he added. The Director UNESCO Islamabad Maurice Robson said that the organization collaborating with the Ministry of Environment for organising two media workshops for strengthening the capacity of media professional. He said that there is dire need to improve the linkages between the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education for promoting environmental education in different segments of the society. In his address Dr Pervaiz Amir, ASIANICS Agro Development International, Islamabad said that the first step in the protection of environment, conservation of natural resources and their sustainable use and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change is to create awareness about the environment issues among general public.