This year, to mark the launch of the UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, Pakistan has officially been made the host of World Environment Day. It seems that our efforts to combat climate change and minimise its effects on the country are receiving international recognition and appreciation.
Taking advantage of the platform being extended to us, we must ensure that we use this opportunity to bolster our diplomatic reach within the environmental sector to learn, emulate and produce innovative solutions to repair the ecosystem.
According to the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Executive Director, Inger Andersen, our country has shown immense resolve for the cause of improving environmental conditions. Starting with the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project to the Ecosystem Restoration Fund and Spring Tree Plantation Campaign that utilises the Miyawaki technique, Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change has been on the move constantly.
This is a testament to our commitment towards ecological restoration and protection. Hence, hosting the World Environment Day is not only an award but also a chance for our authorities to take charge and lead other nations through the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
The event promises to highlight Pakistan and the environmental issues it faces along with the initiatives the government has taken domestically. Our diplomatic reach is bound to expand substantially especially considering that there has never been specific focus on environmental progress we have achieved throughout the years. However, the long ahead is still long. Ecosystem restoration is something the government has worked on, but other aspects of climate change such as pollution lie ignored. It is time to adopt a holistic approach.