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KARACHI: The Sindh government on Thursday announced a ban on plastic bags across the province in a third such move taken to protect the environment, which, unfortunately, had never met any success in earlier attempts.
This time the announcement came amidst much media fanfare and huge claims at a press conference addressed by Barrister Murtaza Wahab, spokesperson for the government of Sindh, who also holds the portfolio of CM’s adviser for environment and climate change. Mr Wahab said the recent ban was different from the past ones as it was imposed across the province.
Before making it effective, he said, the provincial government would run a massive campaign to convince consumers as well as traders about the benefits of such a step.
The decision to take effect from Oct 1
“The Sindh government will be enforcing a complete ban on plastic bags throughout the province with effect from October 1,” he said. “The decision has been taken by the provincial environment department. The provincial government has simultaneously kicked off an awareness campaign about the harms of using plastic bags and in connection with this drive, cloth-made bags have been distributed among people of Karachi to encourage their use.”
The move from the Sindh government came days after the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam had told senators attending the meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change that using polythene bags would be banned in Islamabad from Aug 14 and the provinces would be informed of the policy so they could legislate for themselves in this regard.
The provincial government spokesperson said that the previous bans had never been imposed across the province.
Secondly, Barrister Wahab added that the provincial government would use the gap between today’s announcement and date of implementation to convince the people about the use of bags other than of plastic and polythene.
“We have more than 50 days in which we would campaign to make this ban effective,” he said. “We would reach out to people in every city and district to make our point. It’s in everyone’s interest and we firmly believe that the people will appreciate the government move and play their role to protect our environment. We have to move now before it’s too late.”
He said the Sindh government on one hand was expecting positive response from the people of the province and on the other devising strict measures under which after the Oct 1 deadline, the violators of the ban would face legal proceedings.
When asked about the negative impact on the business of certain industries producing such bags and offering employment to hundreds of people, he said some issues demanded immediate moves for the larger interest.
“In the days to come we would definitely move to the industry and talk to them as well. There is always a solution to any problem and we hope that our business community would sort out the issues in larger interest of the province and its environment,” added Barrister Wahab.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in a video message urged the public to avoid using plastic bags as they were a key element in creating pollution.
He said that the government would encourage the use of cloth-made or paper bags and appealed to the masses to join the campaign.
Published in Dawn, August 9th, 2019
Beach cleaning drive
Sindh Govt to issue closure notices to up to 100 industries of Karachi for defying Water Commission’s orders: Environment minister Taimur Talpur
Sindh Environment and Climate Change Minister Nawabzada Muhammad Taimur Talpur has said that the provincial government may issue closure notices to up to 100 industries of Karachi in next 10 to 20 days for consistently failing to act upon directives of the Supreme Court-appointed Water Commission to install an effluent treatment unit at their sites.
“The sad aspect is that up to 85 per cent industries of Karachi didn’t act upon the directives of the Water Commission to install effluent treatment plant as all the deadlines given for the purpose were defied,” said the Sindh Environment Minister.
Mr. Taimur Talpur stated this he spoke as being the chief guest at a programme to conduct a beach cleaning drive here at Sea View to mark the World Oceans’ Day.
Nestlé Cares’ in collaboration with the National Forum for Environment (NFEH) and Health and Consumer Association of Pakistan (CAP) organized the activity.
“We are a political government as we don’t want that we start using powers like a judge and start issuing orders for closure of the industries,” he said. “So we convened a meeting and asked the industries to start their work to install effluent treatment plants,” he said.
“Luckily some of the people started their work but still there are a lot of industries, which are not cooperating with us in this regard,” said the Sindh Environment minister.
“With sorrow I would say that I have been left with no option other than issuing of the closure notices to them (non-cooperating industries),” he said.
The provincial minister said that the government could not compromise any more on survival of the country’s marine life and resources.
He said that work was also on to install combined effluent treatment plants at different industrial zones of Karachi with support of federal government.
He said that once these combined effluent treatment plants would be installed there would be 70 per cent to 80 per cent reduction in the environmental damage being done to the sea.
Mr. Talpur said that since the time he had assumed the charge of provincial Environment Department there had been 50 per cent reduction in instances of open burning of municipal waste in Karachi nearby population.
He said that concerned municipal organizations and police were being involved by his department to check and prevent instances of open burning of municipal waste in Karachi.
He said that the provincial government would soon declare District South in Karachi a plastic-free zone by imposing a complete ban on use of polythene shopping bags.
He conceded that an earlier decision of Sindh cabinet to impose ban on use of polythene bags in Sukkur District could not be properly implemented.
“Much has been done and much more has to be done to safeguard the environment. A lot of harm has been done to the environment but thank God there is no damage, which could not be reversed,” said the Environment minister.
Speaking on the occasion, NFEH President Naeem Qureshi said that 450 million gallons of untreated municipal and industrial waste of Karachi was daily being dumped into sea causing massive damage to the marine environment and life of Pakistan.
“Karachi has three six industrial zones having 1,000 industries but very unfortunately all of them have been discharging their waste into sea without any treatment,” he said.
He said the situation had become so much adverse that Pakistan at present stood at 80th number among other countries in terms of protection of its marine environment.
He said that sea was like a lifeline and a vibrant part of the Pakistan’s economy but instead of safeguarding it; its environment, marine ecology and resources were being constantly damaged.
Speaking on the occasion, Kaukab Iqbal, CAP Chairman stated: “Organizations should come together for implementing such initiatives to establish common goals for protecting the environment.”
Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan, while sharing his views said, “Earlier this year, we led a country-wide tree plantation and cleanliness drive as part of our commitment to contribute towards the vision of a ‘Clean & Green Pakistan’. We have a broader vision and action plan that outlines our commitment to address the plastics packaging waste issue and this beach cleaning drive is also in-line with this pledge,” he added.
Today on 20/6/19 an awareness event on effects of climate change was arranged at a local hotel from SEPA in collaboration with WWF Pakistan, Oxfam and PDMA Sindh. It was a post observance event to mark the World environment Day, 2019. Opening remarks were provided by country director Oxfam Mr. Mohammed Qazilbash on impacts of climate change. He said that environmental degradation affects everyone irrespective of social class. He underscored that every individual should play his/her role for the environmental protection as it requires a change in life style. He also said that air quality today is significantly different all over Pakistan and in Sindh. It is alarming and ironic that most the intelligent creature on Earth is destroying it. He elaborated that we have to keep in mind that our survival depends upon having a clean environment. Mr Moazam Khan, technical advisor WWF Pakistan gave an insight on implications of climate change on different segments and sphere's of life's particularly about its consequences on women and children. Mrs Tanzila, MPA Badin spoke about sufferings of people at Badin due to impacts of climate change and said Badin city is the city affected worst due to climate change and environmental degradation. She also spoken about the detrimental impacts of climate change on livelihood of masses in Badin and deplored that people are turning into beggars because their agricultural lands drying up. Local people from Badin also talked about the ordeal they are facing due to climate change. After this a panel discussion on impacts of climate change on communities in Sindh was held and it compromised of Ms Zoofeen T Ebrahim, environmental journalist, Ali Shaikh CEO Lead Pakistan, Dr Amir from Institute of environmental studies Karachi University , DG SEPA, Naeem Mughal and others. They talked about different aspects of climate change on life of communities. DG SEPA briefed about steps taken by an environmental watchdog to protect an environment. At end chief guest minister for environment climate change and coastal development Mr Taimur Talpur has said that, “Pakistan ranks amongst the top ten most disaster-prone countries in the world,
hence we must collectively acknowledge climate change is a serious issue.” He also shared that women,
children and indigenous people are disproportionately affected by climate change which is expected to have
wide-ranging impacts on Pakistan. He emphasized, “We must commit towards collectively tackling the impacts
of this global challenge faced by many nations across the world.” Following the question answer session souvenirs were distributed by the chief guest , minister for environment climate change and coastal development Mr Taimur Talpur. The event was concluded by a theatre performance by Sheema Kirmani
Sindh EPA has been issued decision on 10th June, 2019 for proposed installation of Eight (08) incinerator plants each having capacity of 100kg/hr in Eight Public Sector Hospitals in Sindh Province. The names are as under
1) Jinnah Postgraduate Hospital Karachi
2) National Institute of Child Health, Karachi
3) Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi
4) Sindh Government lyari General Hospital Karachi
5) Liaqat University Hospital, Hyderabad
6) Ghulam Muhammad Mehar Medical College Hospital Sukkur
7) Chandaka Medical College Hospital Larkana
8) Peoples Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Benazirabad
Today to overview the progress to install waste water treatment
plants as per water commission directives by different sugar
mills a meeting has been held at SEPA head office and chaired by
minister for environment climate change and coastal development
Mr Taimur Talpur and Minister for Energy Mr imtiaz shaikh, DG
SEPA has briefed the participants and said out of 38 sugar mills
32 are functional in Sindh, he has talked about installation of
treatment plants by them, matter particularly about the 5 mills
Karachi, Sindh environmental protection agency, has held a
consultative meeting at SEPA head office on air pollution in
Sindh, challenges and a way forward,
DG SEPA Mr Naeem Mughal has welcomed and briefed participants about the major urban and rural pollution challenges in Sindh ranging from dumping of industrial solid waste into malir and lyari river, burning of domestic and commercial solid waste, vehicleur air emissions, pollution generates due to brick kilns, cotton ginning mill's etc and underscored the need of a coordinated effort between all the concerned stakeholders to combat the air pollution, Mr Shahid lutfi an environmental consultant has urged to revisit the air quality standards and said that in future we will have yellow and other lines buses therefore it is obligatory to have air quality standards which can minimize the harm , he further said that Sindh EPA also acts as a advisory body so it should have proper guidelines for other concerned departments too to safeguard the environmental degradation, Mr Waseem Ahsan project director BST services at this occasion emphasized that there should be a sense of environmental owner ship prevail among all the government line department's, he has narrated the example of ssgc who despite of having LNG terminal facility bat port area was reluctant to facilitate different stakeholders, he told, Mr Gardezi from an NGO shehri has urged for more effective and coordinated liaison between all the government and other stakeholders and said that Sindh EPA can't act solely to safeguard an environment and said all the government departments have to pitch in to protect an environment, he further said that air pollution is a silent killer ,it kills slowly but it does, talking about the magnitude of implications he said air pollution is one of a primary source which contributes loss of human life's in Pakistan, as according to study he told 1 million infants under 5 years of age suffers badly health wise due to it, he also urged to revisit the emissions standards and further told that government should have zero telorance policy towards non compliance of an environmental law, Dr Salman director Sindh health commission has talked about crossed infection disease occurred at hospitals due to air and other forms of pollution, Mr saqib an environmental consultant talked about potential hazards of coal ash and regulation of plantation drive's in city and urged to decelar air pollution emergency in province, other participants also expressed their views on different aspects and it's determental impects of air pollution , at the end DG SEP has said Sindh EPA as a custodian of an environment taking all possible efforts to protect an environment like he gave example of his surprised visit at different hospitals at Hyderabad on last Friday to monitor hospital waste management mechanism over there and said all the suggestions given today will be act upon without any delay.
It was also decided that all the valuable suggestions from the participants will be evaluated and implemented with a span of time as short term, mid term and long term goals, DG SEPA particularly emphasized that burning of solid and other waste should be stopped on war footing bases, and to chalk out a contengeny plan in this regard, steps will be taken with out any delay
|Karachi, today SEPA has marked world Earth Day 2019 at korangi association of trade and industry KATI, Minister for Environment, climate change and coastal development Nawabzada Taimur Talpur was the chief guest at this occasion, at the beginning president of Kati Mr Danish khan gave a welcome address to the chief guest and others and briefed them about the history/contributions and problems being faced by Kati,he said that Kati is the largest industrial association in Pakistan and catering up to 4500 industrial units, he told that 35 pc of leather goods routed from this area for export, and Kati contributes 40 to 50 crore daily in Katy of national exchequer.he urged to work together for betterment of environment and industrialaist, Mr Saleem uz zaman chairman HSE and environmental management committee has talked about problems being faced by Kati and said that installation of pre treatment waste water plants is a problem for small and medium industrial units due to financial constraints, he has also talked about ease of doing business and other aspects like Delaying in given environmental NOC etc, he has urged to revisit some clause of environmental act 2014 and pleaded to make a committee to address the issues , Mr juaid naqi chairman standing committee for plantation has given a brief description about tree plantation done by Kati, former chairman Kati Mr Masood naqvi has also spoken about different aspects of environmental degradation and constraints being faced by industrialaist , he underscored the need of a proper and centralized mechanism for garbage collection and it's disposal, former chairman Kati Mr gulzar feroz has urged to revisit the Sindh environmental quality standards SEQS and make it more practical , keeping in view the ground relaties, Mr Zubair Chaya also spoken at the occasion, director general SEPA has said that SEPA is determined to play it's role as a custodian of an environment , he said this year earth Day theme is protect our species and we have witnessed that number of species are facing the extinction due to different environmental and other factors, he narrated the example of vultures in this regard, minister for environment , climate change and coastal development Mr taimur talpur has said that under the chairmanship of Mr Bilawal , we have a performance driven cabnit, and we are more than ready to address each and every true grievances of industry but on the other hand ignorance of law will not be accepted, he has directed to write a letter to solid waste management board about the proper functioning of garbage transfer station GTS and said that there is a dire need to have a liaison between government and industry for the betterment of city and province.|
کورنگی انڈسٹریل ایریا آج بھی پاکستان کاسب سے بڑا معاشی حب ہے۔تیمور تالپور
کراچی( ) صوبائی وزیر ماحولیات و موسمی تبدیلی نوابزاداہ محمد تیمور تالپور نے کہا ہے کہ کورنگی انڈسٹریل ایریا ملک کا معاشی حب ہے جن کے مسائل حل کرنا ہماری ذمہ داری ہے اور حکومت اس کیلئے ہر طرح کے اقدامات کررہی ہے،مسائل کے حل کیلئے آپ کی رہنمائی میں ہم نئی پالیسیاں بنائیں گے۔انہوں نے یہ بات آج کورنگی ایسوسی ایشن آف ٹریڈ اینڈ انڈسٹری (کاٹی) کے آفس میں ارتھ ڈے کے حوالے سے ہونے والے پروگرام کے مہمان خصوصی کی حیثیت سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہی۔انہوں نے کہا کہ موسمی تبدیلی بہت بڑا شعبہ ہے لیکن یہ غیر فعال ہے ہم اسے فعال بنانے کی کوشش کررہے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جو حکومتی ادارے بھی ماحولیات کو خراب کرنے کے ذمہ دار ہوں گے ہم انہیں بھی نوٹس دیں گے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم نے انوائرمینٹل پروٹیکشن ایجنسی(سیپا) کو کہا ہے کہ شہر میں کچرا جلانے والوں کو آگاہی پروگرام دیں اور اگر اس کے باوجود کچرے کو جلانے سے باز نہیں آئے تو ان کیخلاف قانونی کارروائی کی جائے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم چاہتے ہیں کہ صنعتکاروں کو زیادہ سے زیادہ سہولتیں دیں،اس حوالے سے ہم ماحولیاتی قوانین پر عمل درآمد مزید آسان بنارہے ہیں تاکہ صنعتکاروں کو سہولیات مہیا ہوں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کراچی آج بھی معاشی سرگرمیوں کا سب سے بڑا حب ہے اور پاکستان کی 52 فیصد ایکسپورٹ کراچی سے ہورہی ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ وفاقی حکومت نے ہمارے فنڈز روکے ہوئے ہیں جس سے ہمارے لئے معاشی مسائل پیدا ہوگئے ہیں اس لئے وفاقی حکومت کو چاہیے کہ فوری طور پر ہمارے فنڈ جاری کرے تاکہ ہمارے محکمے اپنا کام تسلسل سے کرسکیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وزیر اعلیٰ نے ہم سے کہا ہے کہ کسی بھی کام کیلئے ٹائم لائن دیں اور اسے وقت پر پورا کریں، اس لئے ہم نے اپنے محکمے کو کہہ دیا ہے کہ وہ اس بات کا خاص طور پر خیال رکھیں کہ بنائے گئے منصوبے بروقت مکمل ہوں۔ اس موقع پر کاٹی کے صدر دانش خان نے اپنے تمام منصوبوں کی تفصیلات بتائیں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک کی بڑی بڑی ٹینری کی صنعتیں اسی ایریا میں ہیں اور ملک کی لیدر گڈز کی 3 فیصد ایکسپورٹ اسی ایریا سے ہوتی ہے۔پاکستان کی سب سے زیادہ فارما سیوٹیکل کمپنیز اسی علاقے میں ہے اسی طرح پاکستان کی سب سے بڑی بسکٹ کی کمپنی بھی اسی علاقے میں ہے۔ اس موقع پر ڈائریکٹر جنرل نعیم مغل، کاٹی کے سابق صدور گلزار فیروز،مسعود نقوی، جنید نقوی اور دیگر نے خطاب کیا۔
KARACHI: Stakeholders at a consultative meeting held on Tuesday discussed in detail a draft of the province’s first climate change policy and shared a number of suggestions that could help prepare a more focused and integrated policy.
The meeting, presided over by Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Coastal Development Nawabzada Mohammad Taimoor Talpur, was held at the old Sindh Assembly building.
Presenting an overview of the climate change policy draft prepared by Lead Pakistan with the support of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa), senior environmentalist Shahid Lutfi said that climate change affected every field and required a multi-sectoral approach.
He emphasised the need for getting the latest update on global warming, its impact on life, environment and resources and moving towards adaptation and mitigation accordingly.
Pakistan, he pointed out, contributed very little to the overall greenhouse gas emissions but remained severely impacted by the negative effects of climate change.
“Being a predominantly agriculture economy and vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, Pakistan has a great challenge of protecting itself from the adverse impacts of climate change,” he said, while mentioning the challenges posed by climate change, including droughts, floods, sea intrusion, heatwaves and cyclones.
The draft, he said, was an effort to mainstream this important subject in infrastructure development and planning, particularly in the economically and socially vulnerable sectors of economy.
He also referred to international agreements requiring countries to make progress on climate change and sustainable development and said that there were many examples around the world which had proved that climate-compatible development was very much possible.
Gaps in strategy
The presentation was followed by a discussion in which representatives of non-governmental organisations, environmentalists, government officials and academicians participated and highlighted gaps in the climate change policy draft.
Some participants were of the view that the draft contained old data and had missed out situation analysis as well as important sectors/areas, for instance, Ramsar sites, wetlands, health sector, biodiversity and forestry. It also lacked a strategy on its implementation mechanism, they said.
There was also an opinion that the geographical diversity Sindh boasted of required a region- or area-wise climate change strategy.
Seconding the opinion that the subject of climate change required an integrated approach, the minister said that the government would ensure that a comprehensive policy was prepared keeping in view the province’s high vulnerability to climate change.
“We understand that there are grey areas in the proposed climate change policy and that’s why we have called this consultative meeting,” he said, while directing the staff concerned to set up a subcommittee to rectify the draft and finalise it within two weeks.
Concluding the meeting, SEPA director general Naeem Ahmed Mughal thanked the participants for their feedback and said that this would help finalise an improved policy.
Published in Dawn, April 17th, 2019
An IFC – World Bank Group mission met Director General, Sindh EPA on 11th April, 2019 to discuss the environmental aspects of windfarm developments at Jhampir Wind Corridor. The mission included Lori Anna Conzo, Eskender Alemayehu Zeleke, Shahid Lutfi and Alvaro Cardenal being the experts in environment, biodiversity and social areas. The mission appreciated SEPA’s efforts in supporting the renewable energy projects, the windfarms, in Sindh province and expected ensuring compliance of at approval conditions relating to environmental and social impacts of the projects. Director General apprised the mission about SEPA’s plan of monitoring the implementation status of the on grid windfarms. He also assured the mission that under construction projects will also be visited by SEPA team to evaluate the E&S status of the construction contractors.
The mission was informed that under the prevailing legislation windfarms are required to prepare IEE studies of the projects which are reviewed by SEPA and approved for implementation of environmental management plan, being the essential component of the IEE reports. Mission suggested incorporation of key stakeholder’s, especially the Sindh Wildlife Department, in review process of IEE reports.
Responding to SEPA’s needs the mission extended its full support in capacity building of SEPA technical team for review of environmental assessment reports, follow up monitoring and understanding of IFC's performance standards and EHS guidelines on windfarms. The mission looked forward to continuation of SEPA’s support to the renewable energy projects in the province and facilitation for provision of necessary permits under the prevailing legislation.
Karachi: A delegation of an NGO “CITIZENS FOR ENVIRONMENT” has called
upon a meeting with Director general SEPA Mr. Naeem Mughal on Monday to discussed matters
of mutual interest related to betterment of an environment; it was agreed upon that SEPA and
civil society (CFE) will work together to brace the mandate of SEPA, it was also decided that
Sectorial committees will be formed and activated segment wise for the protection of natural
Director general SEPA has underscored that SEPA is ready to cater the expertise of the
Professionals as he said that without collaboration between two desired results will not be
It was also decided that prior to calling a public hearing reports will be reviewed by an
Eminent professionals to sort out discrepancies, it was also decided upon that environmental
Protection council will be activated at the earliest.
Effluent treatment plants needed on a war footing : printed in The News
|3rd April , 2019|
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ڈائریکٹر جنرل سندھ انوائرمنٹ پروٹیکشن ایجنسی (سیپا)نعیم مغل نے اپنی ٹیم کے ہمراہ کورنگی انڈسٹریل ایریا،سیکٹر7-
میں واقع کمبائن ایفلوینٹ ٹریٹمنٹ پلانٹ فار ٹینریز(سی ای ٹی پی) کا اچانک دور کیا۔ دورے کے دروان اس بات کا انکشاف ہوا کہ کمبائن ایفلوینٹ ٹریٹمنٹ پلانٹ فار ٹینریز (سی ای ٹی پی) سندھ انوائرمینٹل کوالٹی اسٹینڈرڈ کی خلاف ورزی کررہا ہے۔ اس موقع پر ڈائریکٹر جنرل سندھ ای پی اے نے متعلقہ افسران کو ہدایت کی کہ قوانین کے مطابق (سی ای ٹی پی) کی انتظامیہ کو کیس کی سماعت کیلئے نوٹسز جاری کئے جائیں۔ ڈائریکٹر جنرل سندھ انوائرمنٹ پروٹیکشن ایجنسی نعیم احمد مغل نے اپنی ٹیم کےہمراہ بروکس فارماسیٹکل کمپنی کا بھی دورہ کیا۔جہاں یہ معلوم ہوا کہ چار ماہ گزرنے کے باوجود کمپنی وسیٹ واٹر ٹریٹمنٹ پلانٹ نہیں لگا سکی جس کی وجہ سے گندے پانی کو ندی، نالے میں بہادیا جاتا ہے۔ ڈائریکٹر جنرل سندھ ای پی اے نےمتعلقہ افسران کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ ذاتی بنیادوں پر کمپنی کے مالک کو سماعت کیلئے طلب کریں۔