Tanning industry of Sialkot in effort to control environmental threats and improve climate change redesign skill, a funded project by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF), titled ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation through Water Resource Management in Leather Industrial Zone Development’.
Under the initiative the scattered tanneries will be shifted to a centralized site, common effluent treatment plant, solid waste disposal site, common effluent collection system and flood management will also be established.
Sialkot Tannery Association Guarantee Ltd (STAGL), has executed the important project with the technical support provided by UNIDO.
The Sialkot Tannery Zone had been planned to reduce environmental tracks. All the tanneries of city would be moved to planned leather industrial park with substantial provision of Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Government of Pakistan.
First project direction-finding committee meeting at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industries, to review the progress on project implementation.
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) director stated his appreciation to UNIDO for priceless support to this project. He emphasized on importance of climate change adaptation techniques, related to leather sector, moving the tanneries to specific site with proper infrastructure.
Prominent officials, dignitaries, industrialists, and relevant stakeholders attended the committee meeting.
UNIDO Country Representative in Pakistan Nadia Aftab said in her address that she was contented that direction-finding committee meeting for reviewing progress and looking for advancing in implementing of project plan was successful.
She also discussed that such incentives could play a contributing role for SDG goal relating to complete and supportable industrial growth in Pakistan.
UNIDO was determined to bring international best practices for sustainable production, deprived of destructive environment while plummeting influence on climate.
Punjab government’s efforts lauded in this aspect, as 400 acres of land was devoted for new industrial zone linked with leather industry.