MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, said that it is our primary responsibility to take meaningful measures for preventing and managing the environmental impact of human activity and similarly, in comprehensive and coherent manner address the challenges posed to the environment.
The President made these remarks as the Chief guest at a seminar marking the World Environment Day organized by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) here today. This year, the World Environment Days’ theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”.While speaking to his audience, the President reiterated the need for government institutions to formulate policies and frameworks for safeguarding precious environmental resources and promote responsible attitudes. He said that it is our religious and collective social responsibility to help promote similar activities and encourage sustainable and responsible production processes. The President said that climate change and its accompanying environmental degradation are perceived to be a threat that can have incalculable consequences. He added that challenges of global climate change have been at the forefront of the international agenda in the last quarter of a century and this issue has become an area of concern for many governments across the globe.
The President said that AJK has a diverse yet fragile ecosystem prone to natural disasters like earthquakes and floods that needs to be protected, therefore, the Government has embarked on an ambitious plan of afforestation and in order to slow down melting of glaciers. He said that this has also led to the AJK Government vigilantly taking steps to ensure that all construction projects within the State strictly conform to environmental requirements and protocols.
The event was attended by Dr. Syed Asif Hussain Shah, Additional Chief Secretary AJK; Raja Muhammad Razzaque Khan, DG Environment Protection Agency; Muhammad Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative International Union for Conservation of Nature-Pakistan; Prof. Dr. Haleem Khan, Vice Chancellor AJK Women University Bagh; the business community, activists and a large number of people from the civil society.