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October 7, 2010

‘National policy on climate change soon’


October 7, 2010

A national policy on climate change is being prepared by the newly-established climate change wing at the federal ministry of environment.
The policy aims to meet the challenges of climate change and to suggest the ways and means for tackling the global phenomenon as well as creating awareness on the issue among authorities and common people.
This was disclosed by the adviser on climate change to the environment ministry, Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, while talking to The News on Wednesday.
In order to have more focus on the issue of climate change, the environment ministry had also suggested to the government to change its name to “Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change”, Dr Chaudhry, who is also a former director-general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, added.
“The proposal to change the name of the ministry has been sent to the prime minister’s secretariat,” he said, adding that the recent floods in the country had sensitized people and authorities on the phenomenon of climate change.
Dr Chaudhry said the need to rename the ministry of environment arose after looking into the global efforts to study and deal with climate change and its effects.
“Climate change is an important phenomenon, and there is an urgent need for discussing and conducting research on climate and its impacts on the natural environment, especially in countries like Pakistan,” he said.
He said that the recent super flood in Pakistan had also been directly related to climate change due to global warming.
“By the end of this month, the ministry of environment is holding an international conference in Islamabad on climate change in which weather experts, environmentalists and scientists from all over the world will deliberate on climate change and its impact on different regions of the world,” he said.
Dr Chaudhry said that this conference would help the government and other departments to learn more about climate

change and the ways to mitigate its effects.

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