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The environment and climate change outlook of Pakistan

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A key cross sectoral challenge for Pakistan is to build a resilient interrelated socio economic and ecological system.

Despite the generally arid nature of Pakistan's climate, 10 per cent (780,000 ha) of the total surface area of the country is covered by wetlands which are of global importance (GOP, IUCN and WWF, 2000). Due to growing population pressures and habitat loss exacerbated by climate change, the wetlands are facing increasing pressures.

It is feared that these wetlands may not be able to take on much more additional pressure and their productivity will need to be preserved, enhanced and sustained.