Peshawar: Participants at a function stressed the need for coordinated efforts with support of masses to overcome with the growing climate change and environmental issues, and called for devising a national action plan in this regard.
The function on titled: “Raise your voice, Not the sea level” was held in connection with on the World Environmental Day, under auspices of the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA-UNDP) KP programme, funded by European Union in collaboration with the provincial department of environment, and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) at Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) University of Peshawar. The officials of RAHA-UNDP KP programme, community leaders, students of private and public sector schools, teaching staffs, and notable from UC jogani Peshawar also present on the occasion.
During the function, students of public and private schools delivered speeches and highlighted the significance of the world environment day, and called for proactive steps for coping with increasing global warming issues in the country.
Hakeem Shah Director General PFI said that they county need to evolve an action plan to tackle with climate change and prevent from environmental degradation. He attributed the growing deforestation is the main hurdle to overcome with the climate change issues.
Ilyas Khan, District Manager, said the RAHA has undertaken initiative with support of government line departments and agencies to take jointly steps for protection of environment, especially in refugees affected areas of KP, besides interventions in social and developmental activities in its targeted union councils.
Dr Amjad, Deputy Director EPA in his keynote address said that the county is being faced with numerous challenges due to increasing environment degradation and climate change. The agency official said laws are existed to protect and safe environment, but there was only need public support for their full implementation, which could enable the government and relevant line agencies, in addressing climate change issues. Later, DD EPA distributed gifts and trophies among top position holders in speeches contest during the function.