ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam, said that the country’s first ever Asian leopard reserve will be announced soon in Margalla Hills National Park.
Addressing the Monsoon plantation under the Clean Green Pakistan organised by Pak Steel at Pak Farid Park, Aslam said the protected area has become a permanent new habitat of the wild cats that earlier used to descend to the National Park during winter seasons and would return to higher altitude in summers.
Aslam said a proper mechanism would be devised for controlled and safe mobility into the leopard reserve through information guides and staff to avoid any human wildlife conflict.
The aide on climate change planted a pine tree sapling in the park along with Pak Steel officials to inaugurate the plantation drive, where some 300 saplings were planted in a day-long activity.
He said: “The Pak Farid Park is one of the only public private partnership initiatives being materialized to protect the environment. It is being developed on the Capital Development Authority (CDA) land and is well maintained.”
Amin noted that it was the only park that remained opened and available to the public for recreation throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.
He underscored that the private sector was one of the major stakeholders of the government as it has corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds and efficiency to execute projects in time with the desired output.
While shedding light on the climate change risks highlighted in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report 2021, he said around 14,000 scientists worked on the report and sounded the alarm for rising climatic catastrophes in case of unabated mutilation of green cover all over the world.
“The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation project of the prime minister is not only a gift, it is a dire need of the country to avert drastic impacts of environmental degradation,” he said.
The premier’s aide also hinted at organising a stakeholder seminar on the latest technology to reduce emissions from the steel industry sector and increase output in an eco-friendly manner.
It was reported as one of the major contributors to emissions causing environmental degradation and climate change.
“We will organise the seminar at the Ministry of Climate Change and will be looking forward to our steel sector to pioneer that technology in the country,” he added.