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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Climate change adversely affects fresh water resources - via APP

Climate change adversely affects fresh water resources - via APP

Climate change adversely affects fresh water resources

Dr Saeed Ahmed Ali

LAHORE, Jul 16 (APP):The major sources of Pakistan’s fresh water and power generation, the mighty Indus River and other tributary rivers originated from Himalayas and Karakorum Mountain ranges are being adversely affected by rapid climate changes in the region.

Scientists and experts believe that climate change is taking place due to increasing emission of greenhouse gases, which is also one of the main reasons for global warming. It had also a direct impact on global atmospheric conditions. The changes also affect the physical conditions of heavenly glaciers, which exist on high mountains to formulate proper glacial eco-system. The other major areas which are being affected by climate changes included human health, water related infrastructure and hydropower generation.

Talking to APP, Member Punjab, Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Rao Irshad Khan said that due to increase in global warming, water vapours are generated in abundance which disturb the hydrogen-cycle of water system. The situation ultimately resulted into irregular rain patterns causing extreme weather condition and flooding in the country. He said that due to increase in temperatures, western winds and local monsoon patterns have become harmonically strong which has shifted the patterns of monsoon from Chenab River to some 100 miles away to the Indus basin region.

Rao Irshad said, “Our Northern Areas are home to 5,218 glaciers and 2,420 glacial lakes, out of which, more than 50 glaciers have potentially been categorised as dangerous”. He said that the glaciers are receding at an average 40 to 60 metres per 10 years, which has created complications for the communities residing at the up sea level, who are under the threat of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). Recently, a week ago, the glacier `Azghor’ has outburst in Chitral district’s Golain region, following a huge flood inundated many villages, he added.

 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Country Manager, Mahmood Akhtar Cheema said that temperatures in most of the mountainous areas surpass 40 degree Celsius in summer season, which is alarming. This phenomena is caused by greenhouse gases, which are multiplying in various parts of the country at a fast pace, he added.

Cheema said that the hydrologic-cycle is being disturbed by the rise in temperatures, which has had a substantial impact on the water resources availability, changes in water quality and change in the precipitation pattern. High temperatures are disturbing the summer-winter precipitation cycle, which has a direct impact on the forest and vegetation cover, which is associated with balancing of the water-cycle, he added.

The IUCN country manager said that according to a research report, an over-whelming majority, around 85 per cent of farmers, was facing fresh water impacts, caused by climatic conditions such as change in rainfall, monsoon onset and temperatures. He said this trend suggests rural areas in Pakistan have been particularly hard hit by the climate change.

Sources in the Ministry of Climate Change said that anthropogenic activity and a climate change pattern has influenced the country`s capacity for energy generation, which has led Pakistan from water-stressed to a water-scarce nation.

Keeping in view the developments in the water sector, around 142 MAF water was available in 2015-16 for agricultural use, which now has been reduced by climate change impacts, he added. He said that in spite of all the strenuous efforts, water availability is either stagnant or dwindling.

According to Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) research reports, fresh water resources are among the sectors that are most vulnerable and have potential to be strongly impacted by the changing climate issues.

The GCISC sources told APP that the incumbent government is facilitating collaboration of various local and international scientists and experts who are being engaged in research activities of water resources implications.

 Environment Protection Department Director Nasim-ur-Rehman said that the day by day increasing hot climate, changing patterns of snow melt, rise in sea level and precipitation is causing an existing social and economic pressure on natural resources. For example, poor communities residing along the delta and riversides are facing severe conditions to make their livelihoods, he added.

Nasim said that global warming and climate change issues were causing a fast glacial melting in Pakistan which could cause 60 per cent shortage of water — affecting both the energy and agriculture sectors of the country.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt allocates a record 20bn for Sports, Tourism for next fiscal year-2019-20

PESHAWAR: The government of KP has allocated a record of Rs. 20 billion for a total of 75 schemes of Ministry of Tourism, Sports, Archeology, Culture and Youth Affairs including 43 ongoing and 32 new schemes for the next fiscal year-2019-20.

Presenting budget-2019-20 in the Provincial Assembly, Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra said the top priority of the govt is promotion of tourism sector and sports.

He said for tourism Rs 3.7 billion allocated for tourism promotion and destinations development through World Bank assisted under KITE program. He disclosed that Rs. 1 billion has been earmarked for tourism roads in the Malakand and Hazara divisions and for promotion of unexplored tourist spots and Rs. 150m for access to Sheikh Badin tourist site in Dera Ismail Khan.

He said that Rs.300m for various tourism activities across the province, construction of recreational park at Hund Swabi, Rs 500m for Development of 1000 playing facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rs 350m for establishment and up-gradation of 7 sports complexes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rs. 70m for promotion of hockey and squash throughout the province and establishment of the tourism police were the other projects enlisted in ADP. Provincial Finance Minister said that a total of Rs. 3806.000m has been allocated for 43 ongoing and Rs. 2090.240m for 32 new schemes.

There are 43 ongoing schemes for which Rs. 3806.000m has been allocated and 32 new schemes with an allocation of Rs. 2090.240m, thus the aggregated total reached to Rs. 5896.240m. In the 43 ongoing schemes Rs. 3806.000m allocated wherein it has multi-purpose gigantic sports projects from Chitral to Dera Ismail Khan, tourism projects and projects for youth affairs.

He said, despite financial crunch facing by the government, it has introducing 32 new schemes with an allocation of Rs. 2090.240m. Besides this there is a separate allocation of Rs. 5.5bn for the merged tribal districts for the development of sports infrastructure and Rs. 5.5bn has been allocated for the construction of 1000 grounds at Tehsil and District levels.

Out of the total 5.5bn Rs. 2.2bn would be spend in the year-2019-20 in the first phase and similarly in the second phase Rs. 2.3bn would be spend in 2020-21. In the overall break, the department of archeology would get Rs. 433.052m for the total 15 schemes including 13 ongoing and two new schemes.

Rs. 418.052m has been allocated for 13 ongoing schemes and Rs. 1600 allocated for two new schemes.

The department of Culture would get Rs. 200m for five schemes including two ongoing schemes with an allocation of Rs. 145.000 million and Rs. 55.000m for three new schemes.

A record increase has also been made in the sports budget that touches Rs. 6 billion.

A total of 2157.937m allocated for 33 different schemes including 19 ongoing schemes with an allocation of Rs. 1740.697m, and Rs. 417.240m allocated for 14 new schemes.  For the next fiscal year a total of Rs. 2865.251m earmarked for a total 20 different ongoing and new schemes with Rs. 1302.251m for eight ongoing projects and Rs. 1563.000m for 12 new schemes. The youth affairs Directorate would get Rs. 240.000m for a total of two schemes – on is ongoing and the other is new.

Rs. 200.000m allocated for the ongoing projects and for one new scheme, Rs. 40.000 million allocated respectively.

The Shiekh Badin tourism site would cost Rs. 417m, formulation and implementation of Marketing mix strategy for tourist destination in KP Rs. 25m, establishment of Tourism Complex at Peshawar Rs. 80mn, Construction of Recreational Park at Hund Swabi Rs. 90m, holding of important tourism festivals in KP Rs. 100mn, small scale tourism promotion activities in KP Rs. 80m, development of entertainment areas and establishment of recreational facilities for promotion of tourism in KP Rs. 100mn, strengthening of planning cell of tourism and sports department Rs. 30m, establishment of Sports Complex in Karak Rs. 300mn, establishment of Academic Sports Degree Awarding Discipline at Islamia College Peshawar Rs. 10.000 million, Establishment of 2 Sports Stadium (1 for UCs and one for UCs in Peshawar Rs. 250mn, up-gradation of Peshawar Sports Complex, Qayyum Stadium Rs. 480mn, establishment of Sports Stadium near GT Road around UC Chamkani/Lala Kallay, Peshawar Rs. 132.760 million, establishment and Rehabilitation and up-gradation of Sports facilities in District Mardan Rs. 415mn, construction of multi-purpose International standard Indoor Gym in PK-21 District Buner Rs. 180mn and establishment of Hockey turf at Swat Rs. 80mn.

The govt has allocated Rs. 2.5 billion for roads development of tourism sites in Malakand, Rs. 2.4 billion for Hazara and establishment of Female Indoor Sports facilities at Divisional Headquarters in KP Rs. 600.000 million.

The motor-sports arena would be developed at cost of Rs. 96.000 million as the total project would cost Rs. 8.106.469 million on these ongoing project. The tourism has some key projects for the promotion of tourism sector as declared by the govt to be in its top most priority along with sports and youth affairs.

Main focus has been given for the approach roads to the tourism sites likewise a road approach to Shiekh Badin tourist site the govt has allocated Rs. 417.000 mn.‑APP

Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Chitral district ibex, markhor  protection bodies challenge inquiry into use of funds

Chitral district ibex, markhor protection bodies challenge inquiry into use of funds

Chitral district ibex, markhor  protection bodies challenge inquiry into use of funds

PESHAWAR: Several village committees tasked with protecting markhor and ibex in Chitral district have moved the Peshawar High Court against the start of inquiry by the anti-corruption establishment into the utilisation of their share in the revenue generated by the issuance of hunting permits for the two wild species.

The petition jointly filed by a dozen of village conservation committees (VCCs) has also challenged restriction placed on them by the wildlife department for the use of their share in community development projects.

The petitioners requested the court to ask the wildlife department to comply with its two relevant notifications and allow them to use their exclusive share of 80 per cent revenue generated by hunting permits for markhor and ibex for community development.

They requested the court to declare the government’s act of limiting them to use interest on the said 80 percent revenue (share of petitioners) against the scheme of management and conservation of wildlife through VCCs.

Move high court calling ACE’s step interference in their affairs

The petitioners termed the start of inquiry by the ACE interference in administrative and financial matters of privately established VCCs.

They have requested the court to restrain the ACE from creating any hurdle in carrying out community welfare works by conducting fabricated inquiries under pretext of restricting them to utilise only interest over the capital amount.

The petition said VCCs were local non-governmental and private committees of the 12 villages of markhor and ibex conservation area of Chitral comprising more than 200 square kilometres.

It said the government had established the wildlife division in 1975 to mitigate the extinction of wild species through proper scientific management principles.

The petition said community-based wildlife conservancy programme was later introduced, while the wildlife department issued a notification on Feb 22, 1997, agreeing to pay 75 per cent share of revenue generated by hunting permits for markhor and ibex in community development projects.

It said another notification as issued on Jan 12, 2002, increasing the share from 75 per cent to 80 per cent.

The petition said VCCs had been utilising that share for community uplift programmes, including establishment of vocational centres, education, electrification, supply of LPG cylinders on concessional rates, payment to watchers, and on irrigation channels, bridges and approach roads.

It claimed that VCCs had maintained proper books of accounts since their establishment to maintain transparency.

The petition said the ACE had begun illegal and mala fide inquiry against VCCs on the pretext that as per terms of partnership with the wildlife department, the capital money of the fund would not be utilised by the committees and that only interest accruing on the deposit would be utilised.

It said the two notifications issued by the wildlife department didn’t place any restriction on the utilisation of share by VCCs.

The petition said the committees determined the priorities of their communities and worked on socioeconomic development of the people through proper internal resolution.

Published in Dawn, July 6th, 2019

12 Village Conservation Committees Chitral move court against KP govt notification

12 Village Conservation Committees Chitral move court against KP govt notification

12 Village Conservation Committees Chitral move court against KP govt notification

PESHAWAR: The 12 Village Conservation Committees from Chitral district have challenged the provincial government notification on the ban over the use of their 80 percent share in the Markhor and Ibex trophy hunting permits in the Peshawar High Court.

The Village Conservation Committees filed the petition through its presidents, seeking the judicial order to set aside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Anti-Corruption and Establishment Department directions on the ban over use of their 80 percent share received through trophy hunting permits for Markhor and Ibex preserved by these villages in the district.

The petition was filed through Ghufranullah Shah Advocate. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government through Secretary Forest, Chief Conservator Wild Life Department, Director Anti-Corruption Establishment and Assistant Director Crimes, Anti-Corruption Establishment were made parties to the petition.

It was submitted that the Anti-Corruption Establishment Department had issued directions that the 12 villages could only use interest from their 80 percent shares, which is an illegal and unjustified directions on the basis of so-called and fake inquiry report.

The petitioners prayed before the high court to direct the government to act and comply with notifications issued on February 22, 1997 and January 12, 2002 to allow the village conservative committees to utilise their exclusive share of 80 percent revenue realized from issuing hunting permits for Markhor and Ibex for community development projects in reward of their exemplary role and participation in management and conservation of Wild Life over more than 200 sq KM Toshi Conservation Area, Chitral.

Hence, their impugned act to deny the same and limit the villages to utilize only interest of their share is against the scheme of management and conservation of wildlife.

Source: The News

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