Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has said that the Billion Tree project (Green movement) is a movement that will revive the economy, employment and natural resources and provide employment to 65,000 people whose jobs ended in lockdown.
These views have been expressed by Malik Amin Aslam while addressing a function on the occasion of World Environment Day organized by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries through video link.
This roundtable conference was organized by FPCCI. The event was organized by the Committee on Environment and the participants participated in the event through video link due to cornevirus.
Director General of Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Farzana Altaf, Director General Sindh Environmental Protection Agency Naeem Mughal, environmentalist Saqib Ijaz, Dr. Nuzhat Khan DG NIO, Muhammad Naeem Qureshi Convener FPCCI Standing Committee on Environment and President National Forum for Environment Aid Health, Senior Vice Chairman Bazmin Panel Mian Zahid Hussain, Dr. Moazzam Ali Khan, Shabina Faraz, Engineer M. O Jabbar, Sheikh Sultan Rahm He, Ahmed Shabar, Engineer Nadeem Ashraf, Hana Jamshed, Mahesh Zafar and more than 200 people from all over Pakistan and the world also participated.
On this occasion, Malik Amin Aslam said that this green movement has been started during the lockdown. And the World Bank will give 180 million to Pakistan to make the country green and this is a big step towards protecting Pakistan’s environment and soon its effects will be felt on our climate, wildlife, economy. He said that all provinces Will be included in the campaign and soon the Prime Minister will announce a plan for the protection of forests and parks in the country. Malik Amin said that the Clean and Green Campaign is being implemented in 20 cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and This has also reduced the environmental problems.
FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar said that the slow economic growth in the country is due to not paying attention to the environment. He said that due to continuous increase in population, forests have been cut down and natural resources have been used relentlessly for human habitation. He said that due to depletion of all these resources, social and health problems in the country have increased.
On this occasion, Dr. Shahid Amjad, Director General, National Institute of Oceanography, said that in order to protect the marine life of the country, it is necessary to protect the mangrove forests. The protection of life should be ensured on an emergency basis as the employment of one third of the country’s population is also linked to it.
Surrealist at the occasion, Farzana Altaf said that under the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997, those who harm the environment are imprisoned for two years. He acknowledged that the guidelines for safe disposal of medical waste by coronavirus patients have not been implemented. Can punish for harming the environment.
Saqib Ijaz said that corps in hospitals and quarantine There is also a danger of not disposing of medical waste of coronavirus patients safely. He said that arrangements should be made for safe disposal of this waste.
Dr. Nazhat said that pollution in coastal areas has reduced during the lockdown. And even after the elimination of Coronavirus, the same practice can permanently reduce pollution.
Mohammad Naeem Qureshi said that the FPCCI Standing Committee continued to act as a bridge between the industry and other institutions and to address environmental issues. Experts and participants on the occasion said that the population of Sindh and Islamabad.
Director Generals of Environmental Institutions and officials said that environmental laws and policies have become a lot but implementation is low and at the provincial level. But the performance of the institutions needs to be improved and these institutions should work in collaboration with the sections of the people, FPCCI and civil society and environmental issues should be given top priority and drainage and waste disposal should be done in big cities. Strict notice should be given to violations of government and industrial institutions.