Speakers stress laws for environment protection

STAFF REPORT KHI: The government, corporate sector and the people have come together in a new initiative to ensure environment protection and curb the menace of pollution collectively for a healthy and clean Pakistan.

Representatives of various govt department, NGOs and local as well as foreign agencies spoke at the 10th Annual Environment Excellence Awards 2013 held recently in Karachi. On the occasion, they urged policymakers, all stakeholders and donors related to environment protection to expedite public awareness among the citizens and to ensure the implementation of environmental laws and protection of natural resources as part of their utmost responsibility.

They said that increasing deforestation and industrial pollution have resulted in an increase in floods in the country due to the rapidly melting glaciers. As a result, the country suffered precious lives and destruction of infrastructures at massive level. On the occasion, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan said that political will is needed to ensure proper legislation and consequently its implementation throughout the country which would be a major milestone towards the greater awareness and climate protection efforts being currently undertaken in society.

Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddique said that making environmental laws is a challenging task, but it could be achieved if awareness drives are initiated by environmental protection agencies and NGOs in collaboration with the local government.

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