Posted by: Administrator | 3 March, 2005

President Message on World Environment Day

19 July 2005

“Pakistan today, joins the international community in observing the World Environment Day. As we renew our commitment to protect the planet and preserve its fragile environment for not only ourselves, but for the benefit of future generations. The theme chosen this year, ‘water – two billion people are dying for it’ is most appropriate, as water is vital for the sustenance of all life on earth.

The critical importance of water could be gauged from the fact that owing to its unavailability and contamination, three million people, mostly children, die from dehydration and water-related diseases every year.

As world over, we in Pakistan also appreciate that conservation is the key to sustainability and it is this very realization that led to the formulation of the National Conservation Strategy with three core objectives i.e. conservation of natural resources, sustainable development, and improved efficiency in the use and management of resources.

About 14 programme areas, including conserving biodiversity, increasing efficiency, preventing and abating pollution, supporting forestry and plantations, protecting water bodies and sustaining fisheries have been selected for priority action. Despite resource constraints, Pakistan is doing its utmost to meet the challenges in the best possible way, but there can be no denying the fact that these efforts need to be greatly enhanced in order to achieve the desired targets.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, we renew the pledge that we will do our utmost to provide our country and indeed the world with a cleaner and healthier environment to live in.

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