ISLAMABAD: Pakistani ecosystem is blessed with a rare breed of snow leopard and we have taken a number of steps to preserve and protect the ecosystem, said Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam.
The climate change adviser was addressing an event on World Wildlife Day organized by the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) and FAST National University.
He said Pakistan Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (PSLEP) are among the three foreign-funded projects that aimed at biodiversity and environment restoration in Pakistan. He said these projects are very successful in Pakistan through which wildlife is conserved in habitat areas.
Malik Amin said the government would extend National Nature Internships for youth of the country to take part in foreign-funded projects aimed at environment conservation, wildlife protection and habitat restoration in the country.
He emphasised on working collectively to tackle the challenges of climate change and its impacts on the ecosystems. The adviser also shared measures taken by the present government to protect biodiversity and wildlife through ecotourism.
He informed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will soon launch the Green Youth Movement (GYM). This initiative is designed and structured for capacity building of youth which is one of the priorities of the current government.
“The Nature internship programme will help the youth to join and learn from the foreign-funded projects like PSLEP, Zero Emissions Metro Bus in Karachi and Climate Smart Agriculture.
The adviser noted these projects are of high significance and will help to increase their abilities and generate innovative ideas. The ministry would launch Green Youth Movement (GYM) that would be inaugurated by the prime minister.
“GYM is going to establish specialized environmental clubs that will be used to garner green (nature-based) and innovative ideas from youth to conserve depleting environment through technology and nature.
Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr Erik Beishembiev highlighted the importance of protecting snow leopards.