China to help Pakistan to tackle environment problems

ISLAMABAD: China would help Pakistan to tackle the environmental problems particularly addressing the climate change issues. China offered assistance for trainings and capacity building for formulating and executing CDM projects in Pakistan. This was agreed in a meeting between Federal Minister for Environment Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi and Mr. Zhenhua Xie, Vice Chairman and Minister National Development and Reform Commission China.

Both the sides discussed matters possibilities of cooperation between Pakistan and China on the issue of climate change particularly Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The Federal Minister underlined the need for finalizing the operational modalities for mutual cooperation in trainings and capacity building.

The two sides also agreed to explore areas of cooperation in the field of climate change for which an initial consultation meeting would soon be convened at a mutually agreed place. This development comes at the heels of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between China and Pakistan during the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to China in October 2008.

Federal Minister also held a meeting with Mr. Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, in which the Minister informed Mr. de Boer that the year 2009 was declared as the National Year Environment by Pakistan, keeping in view the monumental challenge of climate change and environment facing the global community.

Mr. Afridi invited Mr. Boer to visit Pakistan at a convenient date in the context of celebrating 2009 as the Year of Environment, who accepted the offer. Federal Environment Minister is leading the Pakistan delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference at Poznan in Poland.-SANA

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