Climate change posing major threat to economy: Zardari


President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the World Environment Day is a wake-up call for the world community to realize that land and water resources are under acute threat of degradation and badly impacting life of all living creatures including human beings.
Climate Change is posing a major threat to the economy and existence, and this is largely owed to carbon emissions in industrialized counties, he said.
In his message on World Environment Day, he said, “today, on the occasion of World Environment Day, I congratulate United Nations Environment Programme for adopting the right theme for the year 2011 i.e. ‘Forests: Nature at your Service’ that underscores the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems.”
He said that undoubtedly forests were at the heart of possible solutions to all the environmental problems. Their functions to absorb atmospheric carbon make them lungs of the world and the key player in climate change mitigation, protection of land, water and wildlife resources, he said.
He said that the depletion of the forest wealth has drained the world’s wetlands, depleted fish stocks, and emitted enough heat-trapping gases to keep our planet warming for a long time to come. The problem is even more acute in Pakistan which recently witnessed unprecedented floods that many believe is linked to climate change, he said.
The President said that the government was fully aware of the fall out of the challenge posed by forest depletion. He said that under Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) it plans to increase forest cover from 5% to 6% by the year 2015. This will bring an additional one million hectares of land area under forest., he said.
The President said that Pakistan has legitimate expectations from the newly developed mechanism of forest carbon trading whereby local people are compensated for their contributions to environment protection.
“I am pleased to see that PPP Government has actively participated in international negotiations on environmental issues and several programmes are underway to implement international agreements”, he said.
On this occasion, he urged upon environmentalists, civil society and all stakeholders to make concerted efforts to protect existing forests, increase area under forest cover and turn Pakistan green by planting more trees to arrest the negative impacts of environmental degradation for a prosperous future.


  1. You have ruined the sixteen crore poor,safaidposhs to pieces in last 44 months .You have taken away their oxygen,roti,ata,pani,bijli,dal,chawal due to unprecedented incompetence and rampant horrendous corruption.Why bother about environment,forests and trees which are already polluted and only bear rotten-sick fruits.Cut all these and your own and bring new honest,competent,corruption free men to look after the garden of Pakistan.Better leave with all your coalition clout whose curses visit every home of Pakistan day and night for last forty four months and harken you to leave.

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