LAHORE Minister Agriculture and Forest Malik Ahmad Ali has said that global deforestation and its degradation has a negative impact on climate change for which, initiatives like Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) was critically important as a mitigation response. Speaking at the inaugural session of training seminar on climate change and Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) organized by Forest Department Punjab here on Tuesday, he said that World was losing forest cover at an alarming rate of about 13 million hectares per year and the major culprit for this massive deforestation was the conversion of forests into other uses such as agricultural, housing and industry. The minister said pressure on forest resources was extremely high in Pakistan and the country was ranked amongst the countries with highest deforestation rates in Asia despite scant forestry resources. He said that in response to the overwhelming threats posed by the climate change, the UN Framework Convention was adopted in 1992 and Pakistan was also one of its signatory.