At the Islamabad zoo: Rs100m allocated to set up the wildlife conservation center – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government has allocated Rs 100 million under the Public Service Development Program (PSDP) to the new program of the Climate Change Division in the financial year 2022-23 to establish a conservation and wildlife information in the old Islamabad Zoo. The allotted amount of millions of rupees in the financial year 2022-23 has focused on initiating development work on the capital’s only zoo which has become non-functional due to poor care and management of wildlife.
The wildlife conservation center as proposed by the ministry would be a modern facility with advanced technological solutions to convey wildlife information to its visitors.
Overall, the ministry has secured the allocation of Rs 9.6 billion for its new and ongoing projects which would focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts to purge the country from the adverse effects of environmental degradation and global warming.
According to a budget document, planned Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) activities for the 2022-23 fiscal year in the Climate Change Division focused on disaster risk management, early warning systems, availability of potable water in Pakistan, the transition to an environmentally resilient Pakistan through adaptation and mitigation targeting green initiatives in line with Pakistan’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets, Achieving neutrality in Land Degradation (LDN) to generate ecosystem services and provide additional support for GHG mitigation in Pakistan, Promote ecotourism and improve carbon sink capacity and establish real-time monitoring of the ambient air quality through the establishment of monitoring stations, on a periodic basis, throughout Islamabad.
The amount of Rs 9.5 billion has been allocated to ongoing programs while 100 million has been allocated to a new program in PSDP 2022-23. Ongoing programs include capacity building in water quality monitoring and reporting on SDG 6 (6.1) at a cost of Rs 23 million; Unit Climate Resilient Urban Human Settlements amounting to Rs 19 million has been affected. The maximum allocations were earmarked for scaling up the Green Pakistan (revised) program at a cost of Rs 9.4 billion.
An amount of Rs 100 million has been allocated for the highly anticipated Islamabad Zoo project which would be transformed into a wildlife sanctuary and animal preservation area. In the sector plan and strategy 2022-23, the annual development plan highlighted capacity building in water quality monitoring and reporting on SDG 6 (6.1) (7.4 USD million), with an allocation of Rs 23 million in PSDP 2022-23, aimed at maintaining water quality management laboratories (36 district laboratories in Punjab, 7 divisional laboratories in KP, one laboratory in PCRWR at the national level), capacity building for water policy and laboratory operations, sharing knowledge and experiences with the Korean government, strengthening coordination between the Ministry of Climate Change and provincial governments.
The PSDP 2022-2023 has earmarked Rs 9,450.582 million for the “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program – Pakistan Green Program Scaling-Up Phase I (Revised)” to achieve the target of planting 500 million of trees. The PSDP 2022-23 has earmarked Rs 563.035 million and Rs 1,245 million for the installation of weather surveillance radars in Multan and Sukkur respectively.
While the Meteorological Department of Pakistan has drawn up a project for “Establishment of a New Meteorological Observatory at Naran and a Hostel for Operational Staff at Balakot”, the cost of which is estimated at 150 million rupees.
The Key Interventions and Programs for 2022-2023 highlighted that the Government of Pakistan would allocate significant funds to ensure the effective implementation of the “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program – Program Scale-Up Phase I Green Pakistan (revised)” and set the target of 2000 million trees to achieve the TBTTP targets in 2022-23.
It has also focused on establishing 22 national parks in an area of 223,606.4 square kilometers across Pakistan, establishing an air and water monitoring network initially in Islamabad which will be replicated across Pakistan, KP Forest Department’s support for TBTTP sustainability, accelerating the pace of planning and an implementation mechanism to make cities more climate resilient under the Units Project resilient urban human settlements and to establish weather surveillance radar in Multan and Sukkur.