Pakistan News: UN official on Wednesday praised Pakistan, still reeling from the disastrous floods in its voluntary actions to reduce emissions causing climate change.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said in a press conference in Islamabad, that Pakistan has voluntarily participated in a global effort to reduce emissions.
“Pakistan is not currently a legally binding obligation (spending) of the Convention or the Kyoto Protocol. Pakistan has participated on a voluntary basis,” said Figueres.
He said that Pakistan has been implementing 10 projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which provided for under the Kyoto Protocol in developing countries, 145 more are in the pipeline.
“The intellectual contribution that Pakistan had to develop the scheme has certainly disappeared with international praise,” said Figueres.
Environmental experts say Pakistan, a predominantly agricultural country, is vulnerable to climate change.
“Our programs are only 0.38 percent (of global emissions of greenhouse gases), but should increase as the economy grows and population increases,” said local environmental analyst Shafqat Kakakhel AFP.
“Our vulnerability to climate change is most important because we are an agricultural country, he said, noting that crops are at risk of low rainfall and flood water can be stored for use during the dry season.
“We need more research to produce seeds that require less water,” he said.
According to a study conducted for the United Nations, 2010 was one of the worst years on record for natural disasters.
Asians represented 89 percent of the 207 million people affected by disasters last year, according to Belgium, the International Agency for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).