KARACHI: Federal environment minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi has said that it was imperative to implement environment laws and environment related policies so as to improve the climate. The provinces have been held patrons of such policies on environment so they should ensure these were implemented in full letter and spirit. However, it has been a failure to get these policies implemented at the national level while the environment act-1997 was not implemented more than 20 percent.
The minister expressed these views on the occasion of launching of the Green Club under the the national Forum for Environment and Health & I Own K.arachi project of the City District Government Karachi (NFEH) at the Quaid’s Mausoleum
On the occasion, school children participated in tree plantation with the minister.
The minister said that the environmental pollution was inflicting loss to the national exchequer worth Rs 1 billion per day while the covered area of existing forest was also declining fast.
The minister said that Sindh government has allotted 111,000 acre of forestland out of a total of 155,000 acres of forestland to government and private institutions for different purposes. The allotment was a big setback. The provincial government has been approached that the allotment of land should be from other parts of land other than that of forestland.
Earlier, NFEH president Naeem Qureshi said that the NFEH would establish Green Clubs in 30 schools of the city to promote health and environment activities while 10,000 saplings would also be planted every year and would be protected. Dr.Kaiser waheed ED0 Masood Alam Rizvi, Azfar Rizvi, Shahbaz Beg also spoke on the occaision.