WWF-Pakistan and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation sign MoU to build climate resilient Karachi
Karachi, In order to promote alternative energy resources and build a climate resilient Karachi, WWF-Pakistan and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today. The MoU aims to develop a close working relationship and partner on various initiatives relating to sustainable use of natural resources; sharing of information on conservation initiatives and conducting joint activities to register Karachi for global Earth Hour City Challenge.
Speaking on the occasion, Wasim Akhtar, Mayor Karachi said that KMC would provide full support in implementation of environment friendly initiatives in city and work together with WWF-Pakistan for addressing climatic challenges. He was of the view coastal area of Karachi requires special attention since its biodiversity is confronting serious threats; therefore, he called for joint efforts to revive rich coastal ecosystems. KMC would take efforts to ban hunting of migratory birds and would take up the issue with provincial as well as federal government. KMC would mount pressure for not issuing licences to foreign dignitaries to hunt birds in Sindh. On this occasion he offered condolences to deceased families of victims martyred in terrorist attacks in Lahore and Samma TV DSNG in Karachi.
Ali Dehlavi, Regional Head Sindh and Balochistan, WWF-Pakistan said that conventional energy resources are diminishing at a fast pace due to high industrial demand and an increasing population in country. He shared that the introduction of renewable energy can help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and build a climate resilient city. He further added that climate change is not only adversely impacting metropolitan cities, particularly Karachi, but poses serious threats to the quality of life. The 2015 Karachi heatwave caused more than one thousand human mortalities, which is very appalling. He urged that in order to avoid such incidences in future, public-private partnerships need to be developed which can help mitigate the impacts of climate change and encourage extensive use of renewable energy in the country.
Under this MoU, KMC will support WWF-Pakistan in registering Karachi for Earth Hour City Challenge and assist in conducting a mass awareness campaign on energy conservation. While, WWF-Pakistan will provide technical support and facilitate in energy conservation programmes; and energy efficiency campaigns. In addition, the organization will provide guidance for policy development and implementation that advocate and develop environmental conservation initiatives in Karachi. A Steering Committee will also be set-up for WWF-Pakistan’s recently initiated project on the introduction of renewable energy solutions in coastal areas of the city, which is financially supported by Nordic Climate Facility.
During the event, participants endorsed a pledge demonstrating their commitment to adopt alternative energy options and promote sustainable living practices. The event was attended by senior officials from KMC, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC), Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and a large number of media persons.
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