ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Monday directed the ministry to take steps for the early establishment of climate change agency.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has discussed the issue of climate change during his recent speech at United Nations General Assembly but it is unfortunate that the climate change agency could not be established despite passage of many years,” committee chairperson Senator Sitara Ayaz said.
She said the prime minister had also discussed that Pakistan was included in 10 most vulnerable countries due to climate change. However, agency could not be established, she added.
Ministry of Climate Change Secretary Hasan Nasir Jami said that service rules of the agency were being drafted and after that as many as 72 posts of the agency would be advertised.
“Professional persons will be hired who will give their input on every issue. Moreover, there will be four members of the agency,” he said.
He said at international level huge amount of money was available to address the issue of climate change.
“We just have to take advantage of that money and divert it towards Pakistan,” he said.
Head of the Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Fahad Bangash said despite huge pressure by India, that money should not be allocated for the disputed area of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan has managed to get $37 million for a project to address issues related to climate change in GB and five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“There are 7,000 glaciers in Pakistan, out of which 5,000 are in GB. There are 3,000 glacier lakes and 33 out of them are identified as potentially dangerous. We are doing efforts to develop an early warning system so that the human lives could be saved during flash floods,” he said.