Budget 2018-19: Govt allocates Rs 802 million for Climate Change Division

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ISLAMABAD: The government has allocated Rs802.69 million for climate change division under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-19.

According to budgetary documents, total Rs802.69 million is earmarked for Climate Change Division. Out of the total amount, Rs766.69 million is for ongoing schemes and projects, meanwhile, Rs36 million has been allocated for new schemes during FY 2018-19.

As per details of allocations for new schemes, Rs20 million has been allocated for climate resilient urban human settlements unit and Rs16 million for the establishment of Pakistan WASH strategic planning and coordination cell (facilitating achievements of SDGs 6.1 and 6.2).

Similarly, Rs 88.49 million is allocated for construction of boundary wall of zoo cum botanical garden in Islamabad, Rs16.20 million for establishment of geometric centre for climate change Islamabad, Rs390 million for green Pakistan programme-revival of  forestry resources in Pakistan, Rs229 million for green Pakistan programme-revival of wildlife resources in Pakistan, Rs19 million for green Pakistan programme-strengthening zoological survey of Pakistan undertaking immediate inventory of endorsing wildlife species and habitat across Pakistan and Rs22 million for sustainable land management programme to combat desertification in Pakistan.

Moreover, as per annual plan 2018-19, Pakistan is developing an investment framework to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emission. A total of 100 million new indigenous plants will be planted under green Pakistan programme for the revival of forestry with an estimated cost of Rs3.652 billion. An amount of Rs738.9 million has been allocated for the revival of wildlife. The total allocation for the development of sector stands at Rs1,423 million.