MODEL GREEN BELT INITIATIVE
Pakistan and China agreed to turn the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into a green belt and a road initiative model. This step was taken to protect and preserve the natural environment in the region.
So, it was decided during a meeting held on Monday (14.dec.2020). The meeting was held between Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam. Along with a three-member delegation headed by China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong.
Various important issues came up in the meeting, such as environmental sustainability, climate resilience, renewable energy, green economic recovery, air pollution, water conservation, and disaster risk reduction.
CLEAN GREEN PAKISTAN (CPEC)
Malik Amin Aslam informed the ambassador that the government had already launched an ambitious Protected Areas Initiative. This is started by the Government under the umbrella program ‘Clean Green Pakistan.’
Moreover, it aims to expand the country’s protected area from 13 percent to more than 15 percent by 2023. And it aims to create 5,000 green jobs across the country,” he said.
Sharing more details about the government’s green initiatives, he told the Chinese envoy that the climate change ministry had initiated several flagship programs. These include the world’s most extensive Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program, Clean Green Pakistan, Protected Areas Initiative, Plastic-Free Pakistan, and Recharge Pakistan Initiative. In response, the Chinese ambassador stated that his government was committed to extending support to the vision of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan. And his post-COVID-19 green economic recovery plan to restore the people’s livelihoods.
The Chinese ambassador said his government was fully committed to extending support to the green vision of Pakistan. He pointed out that PM Imran Khan’s vision of green Pakistan was perfectly aligned with the Chinese vision of green China.
“We as a Chinese government see a huge scope and opportunities of working jointly to promote the common green vision. For enhanced environmental sustainability and climate resilience against adverse impacts of the climate change,” he said.
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