Sun. Aug 18th, 2019

Pakistan and China to make Gwadar first emission free city

Aftab Ahmed

Islamabad: Pakistan and China are working on a plan to declare Gwadar city as Pakistan,s first emission free city.

In a bid to implement this plan, Ministry of Climate change and China Overseas Ports Holdings Company Limited will take different steps to make Gwadar city a Pakistan,s first emission neutral city under Clean and Green Pakistan Movement (CGP-M).The primary objective is the declaration of Gwadar City as Pakistan,s first emission neutral city.

Two sides have decided to take measures in different sector to make Gwadar emission free city of Pakistan. Under a plan, different steps would be taken in areas of forestry and biodiversity conversation. Under this initiative, Prime Minister Imran Khan has already launched a countrywide drive here to plant 10 billion trees across the country. The target will be achieved within five years to counter challenges of global warming and deforestation. Under this drive, trees will be planted in area of Gwadar to counter climate issues.


In second category, Pakistan and China would also focus on tourism sector. Different steps would be taken to build resorts to attract tourists. The government has already announced new visa policy to grant visas to tourists on arrivals. This is why, tourism is part of initiatives to make Gwadar city emission free, an official told

Thirdly, energy sector would also be focused. Pakistan and China would focus on renewable energy sector and wind and solar resources would be given priority to generate electricity. The government has already decided to increase share of renewable energy from existing 4 to 30 per cent in coming years. The major focus would also be on urban environment and measures would be adopted to control pollution. They will also take initiatives for sustainable transportation and disaster risk reduction.

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