KARACHI: National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) and the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) organized a talk by global vice president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Javed Jabbar on “An Introduction to IUCN and Environmental Challenges in Pakistan” Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking on the occasion, Javed Jabbar said that environment department should be retained at federal level. He noted that the provincial environment ministries were not connected with the federal government and that they remained one of the least funded government departments. “While they have they have established a ministry of climate change in the centre, a federal environment ministry should have remained.” He said Pakistan faces bigger environment challenges as compared to other countries on the globe. Pakistan faces conceptual, structural, operational and financial environmental challenges.
Jabber said more disaster relating machinery was needed in Karachi to avert any possible cyclone. Jabbar added that Pakistanis tended to focus on the services industry but did not bother understanding how it affected the environment, and that the government needed to forge a partnership with the business, agriculture, and services sector to bring about changes.
Referring to Zulfikarabad project, he said smaller local towns should be developed first before touching mage city. He said one of the biggest challenges facing the country as it embarks on the path of sustainable development is for the government to realise the importance of having an environmental framework.
Chairman Standing Committee on Environment of FPCCI, Gulzar Firoz acknowledged the role played by IUCN in protecting the global environment, but added that the organisation should provide guidelines to countries and private entities on how to implement the plethora of rules and regulations that it has passed.
He said industries were not disposing their waste in proper manner, thus causing pollution in the metropolis.Chairman NFEH Dr Kaiser Waheed lauded Javed Jabber for playing a significant role for protecting environment in Pakistan and other parts of the world. Afia Salam also appreciated Javed Jabbar for his role in resolving environmental issues. NFEH president Naeem Qureshi also spoke on the occasion.