KARACHI - Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid ullah Khan here on Friday said concerted efforts were needed to conserve forests and increase tree covered areas in country to combat threats associated with environmental degradation and climate change.

Talking to Sindh Governor, Muhammad Zubair here on Friday, he said the ministry was particularly taking concrete measures to counter atmospheric pollution in Sindh with major focus to address instances of lung and other associated diseases.

Highlighting relevance of plantation to help develop a healthy environment and efficiently handle the menace of pollution, he said close coordination was needed among all stake-holders.

“PML-N government is fully cognizant that Pakistan is among the countries worst hit due to global level changes in the climatic conditions,” he said mentioning that series of measures are being adopted to bring under control the deteriorating environmental situation.

Minister for Climate Change on the occasion discussed in detail with the steps being adopted to combat the situation in Sindh.

Governor Muhammad Zubair assuring his all support for the cause, said that since restoration of peace there has been steady increase in the pace of infrastructure development that had to be necessarily complimented with measures to control pollution.

“Keeping in view the situation all federal government funded projects in the province hold mandatory provision for development of green belts,” he said.

Sindh Governor said high growth of population has severely affected plantation in the province and its capital Karachi.