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International Workshop on Air Quality Monitoring and Global Warming Trends in Pakistan held

Islamabad, November 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): National University of Science and Technology arranged a workshop on Air Quality Monitoring and Global Warming Trends in Pakistan at its H-12 campus. Chairman NDMA was invited as the chief guest at the event.

Prof. Thomas Wagner MPI Germany and Yoshizumi Kajii, Kyoto University, Japan also attended the workshop.

Pro-Rector NUST Dr Asif Raza said in his welcome address that air pollution is among the most important issues in major cities of Pakistan. The aim of the workshop is to explore the major trends in air pollution.

He said that it is no illusion that global warming is affecting the global climate and Pakistan is one of most vulnerable countries in the world for major climate change.

Pakistan needs to implement strong, efficient and cost effective strategies in order to control the air pollution. He noted that pollution is infesting the air in major cities of Pakistan at a higher rate.

Mr. Mushtaba Hassan Zaidi, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Climate Change, said in a presentation that Pakistan emits only 0.8 percent gases in the atmosphere and is ranked 135th in the global roster. Although its quite minor, he said, still Pakistan is one of the worst victim of climate change and the best example of climate in justice.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the theme of the workshop and said that Pakistan is the most vulnerable country geographically in the region for a major climate change. Pakistan is situated between Hindukush and Himalayas, which is extremely prone to severe and sudden disasters.

However, despite the fact Government of Pakistan as been catering to these unannounced calamities with level best efforts.

He categorically said that nations thrive on academic institutions and Pakistan has come along in establishing top-notch universities such as NUST.

He further said that we need to strengthen the academia across Pakistan and encourage the youth to come up with great ideas and research work to mitigate the challenge of climate change.

In this regard, the NDMA plans to engage academia to tap the knowledge pool of the youth in Pakistan. We are, he said, planning to organize several events to create awareness about disaster amongst the student bodies in the country.

He thanked all the participants for their time and attention at the event.

For more information, contact:
Ahmed Kamal
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Tel: +9251 9215412
Cell: +92300 5278981 and +92331-5657779
Email: maf@ndma.gov.pk

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