Published On: Thu, Mar 7th, 2019
Published in Category: Climate / Islamabad / Weather

Senate body on climate change approves budget for uplift seven schemes

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Islamabad: Standing Committee on Climate Change on Wednesday approved proposed development budget of the ministry for the fiscal year 2019-2020.

Over Rs16 billion has been proposed for seven development projects, including 10 Billion Tree Tsunami. The proposed budget was approved at a meeting held under the chair of Munazaa Hassan at the Parliament House.

In the proposed budget, more than Rs280 million are fixed for the protection and increase of forests and over Rs120 million for the protection of wildlife and endanger species. The fund has been allocated for the projects under the Green Pakistan program.  The budget has also proposed over Rs10 million for Pakistan Wash Strategic Planning and Coordination.

State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said that the government was taken measures for the protection of forests and wild species.  The ministry of climate change officials suggested in the meeting that the Islamabad Zoo should be given under the administration of the ministry so that it can be prevented from financial issues.

The committee meeting was informed that Islamabad Wildlife Management Board us working under the ministry. They want Islamabad Zoo under the ministry supervision so that animal protection can be ensured.

Secretary Climate Change informed that there is possibility of increase in one millimeter rain in KP with increase in plantation under billion trees project. He said the country is already facing shortage of rain than usual.

The secretary further said the federal government and KP government are jointly working on Eco-tourism policy and the policy will be prepared in the middle of this year. He said at least five eco-tourism resorts will be established in the country.

The meeting was attended by all provincial officials, the officials of Zoological Survey of Pakistan, Department of Wildlife Protection, Islamabad Wildlife Management and Global Studies Centre.


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