PM’s green initiatives to combat desertification: SAPM
ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Thursday said that Pakistan is grappling with the growing threat of expanding desertification for the last many years, which has exacerbated the country’s food insecurity, poverty, hunger levels and biodiversity loss.
“But, various green initiatives have already been rolled out in various parts of the country as part of the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s world-acclaimed green agenda to combat desertification risk, which is devouring fertile lands resulting in gradual damage to the agricultural lands and loss of gains in food security, hunger, malnutrition and biodiversity areas,” the PM’s aide highlighted in a statement issued on occasion of the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked every year on June 17.
The day is celebrated this year under the theme “Restoration. Land. Recovery: We build back better with healthy land”, with heightened global focus on call for turning degraded land into healthy land for sustainability of humanity, planet earth and its resources.
On this day of global importance, Malik Amin Aslam also re-affirmed his government’s unflinching commitment to the global action for combating desertification, drought and reclaiming decertified lands.
“The green initiatives of the country aim to support in achieving the voluntary Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Targets by 2030 and also implement the National Action Programme to Combat Desertification.
“Restoring lands degraded due to outpouring desertification and seething droughts not only leads to economic resilience but also helps create jobs, raise incomes, increase food security and supports biodiversity to recover, the PM’s aide emphasised, adding, “curbing desertification is vital to slowing climate change as it locks away the planet-warming carbon emissions.”
“Averting, slowing and reversing the loss of productive land and natural ecosystems now is both a pressing need of the time and unprecedented for a fast recovery from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and for ensuring the sustainable survival of humanity, the planet and the resources it provides. Besides, restoring damaged ecosystems helps boost climate resilience of the systems and strengthens nature’s defences against disasters and extreme weather events such as wildfires, droughts, floods, soil erosions and dust storms,” the PM’s aide underlined. He appreciated the commitments pledged by over 100 countries to restore almost one billion hectares of the degraded land over the next decade – an area almost the size of China.“We can, for sure, deliver huge benefits for people and the planet, provided that we together restore the degraded land of one billion hectares,” Malik Amin remarked.