Environmental Protection Agency Sindh,
Environment Climate Change & Coastal Development Department
Government of Sindh.

Press Release
20-07-2017

صوبائی وزیر لائیواسٹاک و ماحولیات محمد علی ملکانی نے کہا ہے کہ موسمیاتی تبدیلی ایک عالمی (گلوبل) مسئلہ ہے جس کا اثر پاکستان جیسے پسماندہ ملک میں بھی دیکھا گیا ہے بلکہ پاکستان زیادہ متاثر ممالک میں سے ایک ہے.یہ بات ابہوں نے آج مقامی ہوٹل میں کونسل آف پاکستان نیوزپیپرز ایڈیٹرز کی جانب سے موسمیاتی تبدیلی کے حوالے سے سی پی این ای کی طرف سے یواین ڈی پی کے تعاون سے صحافتی برادری کیلیے رھنمائی کتاب کی تیاری کے سلسلے میں منقعدہ آگاھی سیمینار کی صدارت کرتے ہوئے کہی.محمد علی ملکانی نے کہا کہ موسمیاتی تبدیلی ہم سب کےلئیے اھم ہے اور یہ سمجہنا ہے کہ کلائیمینٹ چینج فنانس کو کس طرح ہم ماحول کی بھتری کیلیے استعمال کرسکتے ہیں. . حکومت کی کوشش ہے کہ وہ دیگر اداروں کے ساتھ مل کر اس مسئلہ کوحل کرنے کاطکام کریں تاکہ اسک کی وجہ سے ہونے والے نقصانات کو کم کیا جائےسکے. صوبائی وزیر ماحولیات نے کہا کہ گائیڈ بک کی موجودگی سے صحافی برادری اور ذرائع ابلاغ سے منسلک افراد کیلیے بھترین معلوماتی کتابچہ ہے جس میں پاکستان کو متاثر کرنے والے چیلینجز کے بارے میں بتایا گیا ہے اور ان کے معاشی پھلو پر بھی بات کی گئی ہے.انھوں نے کہاکہ ہم سب جانتے ہیں کہ میڈیا کا کردار بھت اھم.ہے کسی بھی پالیسی کی اھمیت کو اجاگر کرنے میں یوں توحکومت عوام کی بھتری کیلیے بھت سے اہم.منصوبے بناتی ہے اور ان میں اس بات کا خیال رکھاجاتا ہے کہ وہ "ماحول دوست" ہوں یہاں یہ بات ضروری ہے کہ بدلتے ہوئے حالات کو سامنے رکھتے ہوئے ہمیں ان مالیاتی اقدامات کو بھی منظر عام پر لانا ہوگا جو کلائیمینٹ چینج کے اثر کو براہ راست مخاطب کرتاہو.صوابئی وزیر ماحولیات محمد علی ملکانی نے سنید ظاھر کی کہ سی پی این ای اسی طرح ذرائع ابلاغ سے منسلک افراد کی پیشہ ورانہ صلاحیتوں کو بھتر بناتی رہیگی تاکہ عوام کو بھتر اور صحیح معلومات فراھم ہو اس سلسلے میں حکومت سی پی این ای کے ساتھ ہر قسم کے تعاون کیلیے تیار ہے. انہوں نے سی پی این ای اوریو این ڈی پی کو خراج تحسین پیش کیا کہ انہوں نے یہ معلوماتی کتابچہ تیارکیا.

Press Release
16-07-2017


The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) kicked off its seasonal plantation drive on Saturday at their head office in Korangy planting 100 saplings.

Environmentalists, environmental activists, journalists and officials of Sepa participated in the event. This included the agency’s director-general, Baqaullah Unar, who also holds the post of secretary of climate change and coastal development. He inaugurated the plantation drive by planting gul mohar, neem, amaltas, siris and sukhchain saplings.

The plantation drive will continue around the province during which thousands of saplings will be planted. The participants of the event were encouraged to take saplings home with them in order to carry on this initiative at their own homes.

Stressing the need for a better environment, Unar advised citizens to plant as many trees as they can, as it is currently the right season for plantation drives.

He said, sadly Pakistan is one of the worst hit countries by climate change and if necessary steps are not taken and climate change is not taken seriously, then the country will continue to experience severe floods, increased temperatures and smog-like phenomena in the near future.

He added that the significance of trees cannot be ignored, as they are the lungs of the Earth, providing us with adequate amounts of oxygen. The shortage of green spaces is deeply felt in most parts of the country, including Sindh, said Unar, adding that Sepa is devising future strategies and working alongside environmentalists to combat this and avert natural calamities.

He added that with the plantation of more trees, it is possible to control the effects of climate change but we should also admit that we are already late in understanding the global changes brought about by climate change.

Unar said the environment is an issue that should never be politicised. All stakeholders should work on their own terms for a better environment, he told participants. He added that while people sometimes plant saplings after cutting down a fully grown tree, they do not understand the value of irreplaceable sources of shade and homes to several species of birds.

“Cutting down trees is akin to murder and the criminal must be given same punishment. All these trees breathe and support the human breathing system, cutting them is like killing the human support system,” said Unar.

*news courtesy : The Express Tribune


Press Release
13-07-2017

Secretary Environment Climate Change,  and Costal Development, Government of Sindh Mr. Baqaullah Unar has met with a veteran horticulturist, Mr. Tofiq pasha Mooraj, to discussed issues related to environment and SEPA upcoming plantation drive.

Secretary Climate Change,, Environment, and Costal Development Mr. Baqaullah Unar has said that with the help of a civil society all possible measures will be taken to improve natural environment in Sindh.

Mr. Mooraj has given valuable suggestions on flowery culture, untreated industrial effluent disposal issue in sea and on plantation campaign; as he has told that it’s important to understand the geographical landscape of a Karachi first before planting a tree as every location has a different needs for the cultivation and growing of a plant.

For waste management, Mr. Mooraj has suggested to curb the menace from its starting point as he has said that we have to encourage such practices which can make us able to produce less waste.

Secretary Climate Change,, Environment, and Costal Development Mr. Baqaullah Unar has also apprised him about the recent steps taken by SEPA to control pollution.

Press Release
12-07-2017


Today while chairing a in house EPA Sindh meeting on upcoming plantation drive which is going to kick off from 15/7/2017 ,Secretary Climate Change,, Environment, and Costal Development Mr. Baqaullah Unar has directed his team to chalk out the modalities of a drive to facilitate the process, he said that this plantation drive will be in the larger interest of general public because Sindh is facing an enormous environmental problems and there is a dire need to have such kind of a drive, he has directed the regional offices of SEPA as well to coordinate with their respective deputy commissioners in order to make this campaign successful.

It is worthy to mention that EPA Sindh is going to launch a comprehensive province wise tree plantation campaign from 15th of July in Sindh; as it’s a start of a monsoon season in Pakistan which a aim to sensitize the civil society regarding the importance of a healthy environment and its protection and in this regard the inaugural ceremony will be held on 15th July at EPA Sindh head office.
After a consultative meeting with academia, line department, veteran horticulturists etc EPA Sindh is going to launch a drive with the focus on plantation of native plants/tree like like Naeem, Gul Mohar, Sukh chain etc as they are more compatible with a local environment in comparison with other exotic species of trees.
Different industrial association, NGOs etc are taken part in this drive.

Press Release
11-07-2017

Today, a delegation of World Bank (WB) met with Secretary Climate Change, Environment and Costal Development, Government of Sindh Mr. Baqaullah Unar to discuss the participatory role of WB to better address the issues of environmental degradation and climate change in Sindh.

Secretary, Mr. Baqaullah Unar has apprised the delegation of World Bank regarding the mandate, progress and future endeavors of EPA Sindh and said that EPA Sindh has already drafted a climate change policy and informed the delegation concerning the forthcoming plantation drive envisaged by EPA Sindh and other future action plans. He said that EPA Sindh is playing its role as a custodian of environment but still a lot needs to be done. He has directed his team to share a drafted climate change policy with the delegation of WB and underscored the need of cooperation from the WB towards better capacity building of EPA Sindh.
Mr. Jaffar from the WB said that water conservation, energy efficiency, productivity of crops and climate change are the pivotal issues that need to be addressed in Sindh. For this purpose, there is need of coherence between all stakeholders. He further accentuated that there is a need of a policy framework that focuses on climate change resilience. According to him, since Pakistan is basically an agriculture-based economy, hence there is a dire need of a mechanism to better address the issues of environmental degradation and climate change.
Ms. Sundus Siddiqui, WB analyst, talked explicitly about integration for the smooth functioning between all line departments. Mr. Haris Khan, Disaster Risk Management expert from WB also spoke about adoption of preventive measures in order to tackle the problem of climate change and said that Sindh is ahead of other provinces in terms of climate change policy-making and emphasized its importance of involving international contemporary practices in environment to all the stakeholders in Pakistan.
Additional Director General, Mr. Yayha, Director regional office Karachi Mr. Langha also appraised the delegation on the working of EPA Sindh.
Prior to it, the Secretary, Climate Change, Environment and Costal Development Mr. Baqaullah Unar held a meeting with a Korean delegation, in which matters of mutual interest on environment had been discussed.
Later at noon, Secretary, Climate Change, Environment and Costal Development Mr. Baqaullah Unar called upon representatives from industrial associations and discussed aspects on the implementation of environmental laws.