National Forum on Environment and Health (NFEH) has expressed grave concern over the fast degradation of environment in the country especially Karachi in the past 12 years which inflicted huge losses to the economy and posed threat to resources.

Ministry of Environment in collaboration with national and international agencies will launch the first phase of "TAHAFUZ-Together in Emergency for Health, Family and Environment," for 5,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Mardan, costing Rs 4 million. This was revealed by Kamran Lashari, Secretary Ministry of Environment, while addressing a press conference here on Friday.

Pakistan is not a significant contributor to global carbon emission; however it ranks very high among countries most vulnerable to the adverse effects of changing climate.

Ministry of Environment has sent a summary to the Federal Cabinet to retrieve the forest land being used for other purposes like developing housing colonies on a large scale, as deforestation is increasing at alarming speed because of urbanisation.

Pakistan is deficient in forest resources, as only 5 percent of total geographical area of the country is under forest cover and that, too, is under pressure due to various factors, including use of forest lands for non-forestry purposes and illegal logging.

Rs six billion clean drinking water project to be initiated soon

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP has selected National Energy Conservation Centre (Enercon) to initiate a regional project titled 'Barrier Removal to Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling', in Pakistan costing $7.8 million of which an amount of $1million has been allocated to ease regional trade in energy efficient appliances.