The major objectives of this project are :
- Establishment of climate change cell in EPA, Punjab for rendering technical advice/support to the stakeholders on climate change/carbon trading mechanism
- Enhancing the technical knowhow of the stakeholders on climate change factors, impacts and carbon trading through seminars/workshops/trainings
- Supporting the stakeholders for the execution of greenhouse gases by paying service charges to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) experts for preparing CDM projects of potential interventions so as to earn money from carbon fund
According to the International Panel for Climate Change, worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, ozone and chlorofluorocarbons must be reduced to at least 60% below 1990 levels to stabilize the atmosphere and deter the global warming trend. More than 160 national governments have ratified the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the world’s primary international instrument for combating global warming.
Climate change is an especially critical concern in the South Asian Region where climate viability has a significant impact on human societies and economics. Countries in the region are geographically and ecologically diverse with large population living along coastal lines and river deltas which are at immediate risk of back water flooding and sea level rise from global warming. Likewise, the heavy livelihood dependence on agriculture puts many communities at higher risk.
Pakistan is more susceptible to the effects of changing climate because of its agrarian base and high dependency on natural resources for livelihoods. As agriculture is the life line of our economy, the influence of changing temperature is expected to be more lethal in this sector. Pakistan’s food security has been put at risk and we are witnessing a reduction in annual crop yields brought on by various factors including increased water logging, desertification of land, growing frequency of pest attacks and disasters.