The Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s Mohmand branch organized a seminar on climate change in the Mohmand tribal district. The event saw the participation of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Relief and Rehabilitation), officials from various line departments in Mohmand, and several media representatives. The primary objective of the seminar was to raise awareness about climate change within the Mohmand district.
Amjad Ali, the district in-charge of PRCS, addressed the seminar held in the Jirga Hall. He emphasized the seminar’s purpose, which is to enhance the performance of the line departments concerning climate and develop a comprehensive plan and future strategies for addressing climate change in Mohmand district. The focus was on setting policies and proactive measures.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Qamar discussed the threats posed by climate change due to urbanization, industrialization, and population growth. He stressed the importance of taking individual responsibility for environmental care instead of relying solely on government support. Commending PRCS’s initiative, he assured continued efforts from the district administration in organizing awareness seminars and programs to promote environmental consciousness and improve the community’s well-being.
Murad Khan, in charge of Pakhtunkhwa Radio Mohmand, noted that Pakistan has one of the world’s lowest carbon emissions but ranks fourth or seventh among the countries most affected by climate change. He cited the devastating effects of glacier melting and the subsequent floods, which lead to the loss of human resources, infrastructure, and biodiversity. Khan emphasized that hosting such seminars worldwide, including in Mohmand district, not only raises environmental awareness but also positively impacts various sectors and the overall area.
Nasir Jamal, the Community Development Officer of the Forest Department, shared insights at the seminar. He revealed that the department annually plants around two million saplings and trees in Mohmand district, serving as the frontline in combatting climate change. Beyond tree planting, they engage in repopulating and protecting forests and carry out agroforestry, significantly reducing the effects of climate change.