Online International NN: Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi has said that providing and sustaining water for the needs of the surging population people has become a daunting challenge of the present time and achieving sustainable development in both the developed and developing countries and Pakistan is not exception to it.
He said that wetlands, which are integral part of the intricate system of biodiversity, can help reduce risks of flooding, recharge underground water and help restore soils degradation. Besides, these can help increase water availability for the crops.
He expressed these views in the context of ‘International Day for Biological Diversity 2013: Water and Biodiversity’ being marked across the world including different parts of Pakistan.
Addressing a seminar ‘International Day for Biological Diversity 2013: Water and Biodiversity’ on May 22, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, said that Pakistan is a country rich in biodiversity, home to more than 1,250 species of plants and animals, however, deforestation, soil erosion, salinity and waterlogging have become major threats to the biodiversity in Pakistan, which has a number of the world’s rarest animals and plants, but these are now in danger from habitat loss and overuse, coupled with rising population. This has put immense pressure on the country’s natural resource base.
He said, “Since humans are the custodians of the earth therefore it is their prime responsibility to use the natural resources equitably for a sustainable future. All species on the earth depend on each other, so by conserving biodiversity we conserve life on earth.”
Syed Mahmood Nasir said that Pakistan is signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity and has struggled to meet its obligations as a signatory to the Convention.
The Convention of Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. The convention recognises that there is more to biological diversity than plants, animals, micro organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live. For instance, 40% of our medicinal drugs come from wild plants, he explained.
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