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China & Pakistan to introduce Green CPEC

Pakistan & China are planning to introduce Green component under CPEC. But does it mean & how it will benefit Pakistan?

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The two friends, Pakistan & China are set to introduce green initiatives under China Pakistan Economic Corridor – the Green CPEC.

The remarks were made by Moin ul Haque, the Pakistani ambassador to China, when he met Zhou Jinfeng, the secretary-general of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), and Huang Wenjiang, a research fellow at the Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Huang’s team just published the most recent Report of Monitoring and Assessment of Desert Locust in Africa and Asia, according to China Economic Net (CEN) on Friday.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that up to 40% of the world’s crop yield is lost to pests each year. Over $220 billion is lost to plant diseases each year, and at least $70 billion is lost to invasive insects.

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The primary causes of Pakistan’s decreased grain production and environmental degradation among invading insects are the desert locust and autumn armyworm.

Huang’s team has also made a number of reports on Monitoring and Assessment of Desert Locust specifically for Pakistan since 2020 in an effort to combat invasive species and protect food security.

Huang gave the Pakistani envoy a briefing on how scientists from China and Pakistan collaborate to prevent and manage locusts using remote sensing systems for disease and pest monitoring and forecasting.

The Global Crop Pest Monitoring and Risk Forecasting system, created by Huang’s team, was used to demonstrate the positive outcomes and promising future of China-Pakistan cooperation in food security and biodiversity monitoring.

These, according to the Pakistani envoy, are crucial for Pakistan’s needs and the agriculture of the two countries. He hoped for more communication regarding the superior construction of the Green CPEC.

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