Country’s first ever barometer that would measure green character and cleanliness of cities in Pakistan CGPI, a flagship environmental conservation and protection plan of the present government.
The prime minister’s Advisor on climate change Malik Amin Aslam announced about starting of the Clean Green Pakistan Index (CGPI) that rolled out by the ministry under the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political manifesto of clean and green Pakistan and environmental conservation and sustainability.
He informed media that aims of CGPI is to improve overall green and clean outlooks of Pakistani cities by kicking off competition among them on various indicators including sustainable public access to clean drinking water, safe sanitation, effective solid waste management and tree plantation.
Political and non political representatives of provincial governments including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, federal and provincial ministers, senior federal and provincial government officials, ambassadors of various countries, teachers, students and senior representatives of local and international non-governmental organizations would attend the grand ceremony of the CGPI.
Prime minister of Pakistan will announce the start of the first phase of six-month competition among 19 cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces in the grand launching ceremony.
Ministry Secretary Climate Change Hassan Nasir Jami said the CGPI initiative also aims to set off a sustainable competition process among 19 cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa cities in the first phase and in the second phase the competition process would be expanded to other provinces of the country for making cities there clean and green and environmentally sustainable through massive urban afforestation programmes and sustained supply of basic life amenities such as clean drinking water, safe sanitation, efficient municipal and solid waste management service deliveries”.
He told media about further details that the CGPI basically consists of five pillars of Clean Green Pakistan Movement launched by the PM Imran Khan last year that include water, sanitation, hygiene, solid waste management and plantation. Each of the five pillars would be assigned equal weightage of 20 marks for evaluating the performance of the cities under the CGPI.
Acting Inspector General of Forests at the Climate Change Ministry Muhammad Suleman Khan Warraich explained data gathering for CGPI after every three months would be collected at households and neighborhood scales through surveys to be conducted by local government departments.
The results evaluated by the climate change ministry for the performance of the cities on five pillars would be announced twice a year.
He hoped that CGPI would be used as a yardstick for improving role of cities in transforming overall living standards of its inhabitants through improved environmental services.