Pakistan is leading the world through climate crisis by executing COP26 goals.

Glasgow, 2 November 2021 (TDI): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate change, Malik Amin Aslam spoke about Pakistan’s initiatives on nature- based solutions to adapt to climate change at United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).The SAPM is currently leading Pakistan delegation at COP26 in Glasgow, UK.

SAPM Malik highlighted Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change, particularly the threats from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods, and Pakistan’s GLOFII project.

He added, “Humanity faces a real existential challenge. It can become the dinosaur which refused to change and perished OR it can alter its pathway towards a sustainable and low carbon future”.

SAPM Malik also spoke to the BBC Radio4 program ‘TODAY’ explaining Pakistan’s efforts to deal with the challenge of climate change.

He is also accompanied with the Minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul. 

Pakistan’s climate actions- An overview

Pakistan’s greenhouse emissions account for less than 1%, yet it is among the top ten most vulnerable countries affected by climate change.

Initiatives include: Flagship project Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme, Clean and Green Pakistan, Clean Green Pakistan Index, Protected Area initiative, electrification of transportation, GLOF, and Ecosystem Restoration Fund.

Pakistan has planted over a billion trees out of ten billion across the country. Pakistan also have met the United Nations SDG 13 (climate goal) well before the deadline.

Not only this but Pakistan became the first country in the world to meet the International Bonn Challenge. Under the challenge the target is to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. Whereas Pakistan has restored over 600,000 hectares of land into forests.