MoU signed to mitigate effects of climate change

Published June 13, 2021
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam holds a report on the impact of climate change on children at an event in Islamabad. — APP
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam holds a report on the impact of climate change on children at an event in Islamabad. — APP

ISLAMABAD: The World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Serena Hotels on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim to work towards their common objectives of climate change mitigation and climate adaptation, land degradation, food security, biodiversity conservation and enhancing community resilience.

The agreement was signed in view of Pakistan’s needs and to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The MoU signing ceremony was held at Islamabad Serena Hotel where Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, was the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Aslam appreciated the step taken by Serena Hotels and its implementing partners for cementing the alliance towards a green and clean future, and assured the parties full support of the government in its implementation. While he acknowledged the efforts of AKRSP in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, he urged WWF to come up with green certifications for the industry, to regulate their environmental imprint and set a positive example for others

“Our aim is not only to mitigate the carbon emissions for our hotels but to become carbon negative. Hence we have partnered with WWF-Pakistan and AKRSP for the effective implementation and widening of scope for our mission, and to link it with the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Pakistan (TBTTP) and Clean and Green Environment Movement (CGP) of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” said Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia.

CEO of WWF-Pakistan Hammad Ali Naqi and AKRSP CEO Jamiluddin also spoke on the occasion, and highlighted their respective organisations’ contributions to the mitigation of climate change. They remarked that the recent Covid-19 pandemic had further highlighted the need for protecting vulnerable ecosystems.

They also pointed out the importance of the private sector stepping forward and going beyond typical CSR activities to become leadership champions and provide stewardship by addressing the environmental footprint within their boundaries.

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2021

Opinion

The curse of irrelevance
24 Jul 2021

The curse of irrelevance

Fear, in essence, is a powerful de-motivator for those who believe their success lies in lazy public validation...
Good & bad Muslims
Updated 24 Jul 2021

Good & bad Muslims

It is essential to interrogate the wider epidemic of violence.
The Afghan stalemate
Updated 21 Jul 2021

The Afghan stalemate

The Taliban cannot think of ruling Afghanistan without international legitimacy.

Editorial

Cyberattack on rights
Updated 24 Jul 2021

Cyberattack on rights

A COLLABORATIVE investigation into a data leak of software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group has ...
24 Jul 2021

Sleeper cells

THERE was a time not too long ago when militant groups had unleashed a reign of terror in Pakistan, resulting in...
24 Jul 2021

Prisoners’ return

THE families of 62 Pakistani prisoners who had been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia had reason to rejoice this Eid as...
India’s admission
Updated 24 Jul 2021

India’s admission

It was no secret that India had been manoeuvring behind the scenes to ensure that Pakistan remained on the grey list.
EU headscarf ban
Updated 23 Jul 2021

EU headscarf ban

Moves by the EU to curtail the religious freedoms of Muslims and others in the bloc need to be reviewed.
Disposal of offal
Updated 22 Jul 2021

Disposal of offal

The least people can do is to make an effort and dump entrails in designated areas.