KARACHI- Speakers at an event stressed the importance of ozone layer. The event was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature–Pakistan (WWF-P) under its Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP) project to observe the World Ozone Day, which was attended by government officials, academia, NGOs representatives, civil society members and students in large numbers.The speakers opined that the ozone layer absorbs most of the harmful ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation from the sun, adding that harmful radiation is major cause of fatal diseases like skin cancers, eye cataracts, less yield from plants and less productivity from oceans. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest of the event Dr Ali Murtaza Dharejo, Principal MKJ Institute for Science and Technology highlighted the implication of use of CFCs, which is major cause of destruction of ozone layer. He stressed the need to go for CFC-free home appliances. He said that an increase in greenhouse gases contributes to climate change in the form of increased temperatures and a rise in sea level.Nasir Ali Panhwar, Executive Director, Centre for Environment and Development stressed the importance of ozone layer for the world. People in developed countries are already aware of this problem; we have to create awareness in Pakistan so that we can also play a part in preserving the ozone layer. People love using technologies, cars, etc which are all luxuries and help to save time. Eventually, in the long run these luxuries have a negative impact on the ozone layer. All this has impact on the climate which in turn has an impact on the human life. He gave the examples of continuous floods. He added that implementation of the Vienna Convention has led to a dramatic drop in the consumption of ozone depleting chemicals in the last ten years. Scientists predict that the ozone layer will begin to recover in a few years and will be fully restored by the year 2050. Ghulam Mustafa Mirani, Joint Secretary Friends of Indus Forum said that due to bad policies of developed countries developing countries are affected by global warming and climate change. However, he regretted that forest coverage has declined at alarming rate, which is essential for healthy environment and economy. He said that developed countries must pay the cost to the poor countries to cope with climate change affects. While giving briefing about project, Tahir Abbasi said that by the end of this year we will be through with research and next year onwards ground interventions will start. On regular basis and we are meeting the communities of Keti Bunder and Kharo Chan to know their needs and most of these will be catered in second half of the project.Sassi Memon, Project Officer CCAP Project said that climate change is relatively a new term in Pakistan and many people are still not clear about it. She further said that due to climate change, we are observing an erratic shift in the rainfall patterns, increased floods, increased heat, change in tidal patterns, rise in sea level, sea intrusion, etc. WWF in collaboration with our stakeholders aims to improve the living standard of these communities by providing them with alternate sources of livelihood which include drip irrigation, pitcher irrigation, vocational trainings, crab ponds and crab fattening.Students from Makhdoom Muhammad Hashim Thattwi School took part in a tableau and highlighted the importance of ozone layer. Gifts were distributed among the students and shields were presented to volunteers working in the coastal communities.