ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said the government is finalizing National Flood Protection Plan to minimise the damages of floods.

He was inaugurating a three-day annual meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management in Islamabad on Monday to deliberate on options for disaster risk reduction through regional cooperation.

The minister called upon the developed countries to take responsibility for the hazards of green house gas emissions and join hands with the developing countries to tackle the ensuing problems of global warming and climate change.

It is equally important to have agreed upon limits for national policies so that these may not hamper any regional endeavors made for climate change, said Ahsan.

Speaking on the occasion, National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Asghar Nawaz said Pakistan is also one of the most vulnerable countries in the context of climate change and natural disasters that follow such change.

The NDMA chief said the Paris agreement had provided a hope for safer climate and now collective efforts are required to implement the measures taken so far.