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Today on 14,03,2019, newly appointed Secretary Climate Change, Environment and Coastal Development department, government of Sindh, Mr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo chaired a meeting at Environmental Protection Agency, Sindh headquarter to overview the overall progress of an environmental watchdog. Director General SEPA Mr Naeem Ahmed Mughal welcomed him and gave a detailed and comprehensive overview in a form of a presentation regarding the domain, progress and functioning of SEPA, matters related to promulgation of Sindh Environmental Protection Act 2014, major environmental challenges confronted by Sindh, matter of compliance of directives of court orders, functioning of SEPA and other auxiliary matters were discussed in detail. At this occasion the secretary said that environment is a cross cutting subject and for making environmental compliance smooth, all possible measures will be taken. Secretary underscored the need of more rigorous implementation of SEP Act ,2014, and pointed out that excavangers are the main reason for burning of waste. He also emphasized the adoption of modern technology by industries to minimize the environmental hazards. At this occasion Deputy Secretary  Mr Junaid Rajput proposed the gradual adoption of zigzag technology by brick kilns. Director Technical Mr Waqar Phulpoto briefed the participants about a survey conducted by SEPA for the database of industrial units in Karachi. Director regional office Karachi Mr Ashique Langha also apprised the secretary about different issues. Director General SEPS said that despite handful resources SEPA is making all the possible efforts to bring all the concerned into an environmental ambient as he said that sepa has penalized different municipal corporations and others too. Secretary gave directives for the compliance of water commission in letter and sprit, transitional establishment of district offices, making of environmental committess at district level, submission of climate change policy plan, making of new and revised annual development plans and making of proper uniform for the field staff and said all these directions will be executed without any delay.

04-03-2019

Minister Environment terms Thar Coal projects as “Future of Sindh”

ISLAMKOT (Sunday, March 3, 2019) Terming the Thar Coal mining and power projects as future of Sindh, the Sindh Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Nawab Taimur Talpur has said that the stringent regulation and monitoring has been placed to protect the environment of Thar.

In the wake of increased industrial activities in the region of Thar, the environment department has taken extra measures to monitor the industrial activities and protect the environment and preserve natural habitat, he said during the visit of Thar Coal Block II mining, power projects, and community development projects.

He was accompanied by Director General, Sindh Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Deputy Director SEPA, Imran Sabir. The minister was briefed by Umair Aslam Butt, Manager Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Mohsin Babbar, Manager CSR and Resettlement.

The minister visited Thar Coal Block II’s 3.8mpta mining and 660MWs power project, Biosaline agriculture fields, Sindh largest private sector nursery, New Senhri Dars Resettlement Village and Gorano Reservoir area.

The minister environment was of the view that SECMC is an environment friendly company, which is taking care of its responsibilities in a professional manner.

He said that the new resettlement village constructed to accommodate affectees of the coal mining project is a model development initiative of the government of Sindh.

“The Thar Coal Block II public private partnership model of Sindh government and Engro is future of Sindh,” he said.

The minister praised the initiatives taken by SECMC to protect the environment and preserving the natural habitat of Thar, especially the development of Gorano reservoir, which has now become the habitat of migratory Siberian birds.

Earlier, briefing the minister on measures taken by SECMC to protect the environment, Umair Aslam Butt said, they are not only following the national environment protection laws but also implementing best international practices being followed in the developed world.

He said, the company has planted 550,000 saplings of local species like Neem, Babbur, Kandi, Moringa, Roheero along with establishing Sindh’s largest private sector nursery of Sindh.

Briefing the minister about community development initiatives taken under Thar Foundation, Mohsin Babbar, Manager CSR said, the project is implementing Pakistan’s best inclusive development model by setting a target to make Islamkot as first SDG-compliant Taulka of Pakistan.

He said, Thar Foundation has established 25 school units with 2300 children receiving a quality education, adding that 6 RO plants providing clean drinking water to 10,000 population of the area and 25000 patients were treated in two healthcare facilities during the year 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Press Release
01-03-2019
Today on 1/3/2019, DG Sepa Mr Naeem Mughal paid a surprise visit at Al Parveen and Mehran paper mill at Kotri industrial area, Hyderabad KATI. He gave directives for their proper disposal of waste water and other adequate measures regarding compliance of environmental law, i.e.
SEP Act, 2014. Earlier during a meeting order was passed by him to SITE regarding the full capacity functioning of combined effluent treatment plant along with mointoring of solid and other waste management by industrial units situated at SITE. It was also decided that SITE limited will expedite the process of implementation of PC 1. SITE is also directed to submit a list of all those industrial units working without in-house waste water treatment plant. DG Sepa has said that implementation of SEP Act 2014, will be made sure and no hinderance will be tolerated.
15/2/2019
Karachi: Director General Environmental Protection Agency Sindh Mr.Naeem Mughal called a personal hearing of Sharif solvent extraction plant located at Eastern zone, port Qasim. After going through briefing he gave the order of shutting down of the above mentioned unit as they were working in violation of Sindh Environmental Protection Act, 2014. More precisely in violation of section 14 and section 17 of SEP Act as it emerged after an inspection from SEPA that the oil extraction unit had no proper liquid/solid waste management mechanism, along with having no environmental management plan related to some emissions and discharge of waste water etc. Director General Environmental Protection Agency Sindh Mr.Naeem Mughal ordered of closing down the unit till the proper compliance with environmental laws and emphasized that stern legal action should be taken against all the violators.
 

Karachi: Director General Environmental Protection Agency Sindh Mr.Naeem Mughal called a

personal hearing of different industrial units located at Khamiso goth, adjacent to North Karachi

industrial area. After going through briefing he gave an order of shutting down of 3 industrial

units as they were working in violation of Sindh Environmental Protection Act, 2014. For others

he gave directives to the owners to submit Environmental Management Plans within a months’

time. He also gave directions to write a letter to the authorities concerned for the

determination of land use as it has appeared that residential and/ or commercial land is being

used for the industrial purposes.

He said that stern legal action will be taken against all the violators and also expressed his

concerns for the discharge of untreated waste water into Layri River by all those industrial

units.

 

Sepa organises training session for smart environmental management practices

The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) organised a training session in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan on “Environmental Monitoring and Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs)” on Wednesday and Thursday in Karachi and Hyderabad respectively.

According to the organisers, the main objective of the training was to enhance the acumen of field assistants, field supervisors and environmental inspectors of Sepa regarding smart environmental management practices in order for them to review their procedures and practices pertaining to environmental monitoring and sampling methodologies.

Sessions were held in accordance with the recently signed memorandum of understanding between Sepa and the WWF as the MOU envisaged applying internationally adopted labour environmental standards in the industrial sector of Sindh.

According to the MoU, WWF-Pakistan would provide technical support to the Sindh government through capacity-building, high-tech equipment provision for measuring ambient air quality and helping it to run a mass awareness campaign at the provincial level. These capacity-building sessions were a stepping stone in this direction.

Komal Naeem, senior officer, WWF-Pakistan, said that under the project, titled ‘International Labour and Environmental Standards (ILES) – Application in Pakistan’s SMEs’, WWF Pakistan intends to implement better environmental management practices in the industries in order to improve the capacity of the public sector to implement Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and national environmental laws and standards in Pakistan.

She elaborated that the project involves building the capacity of the textile and leather sector to adopt to Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs) in order to efficiently use water and energy resources and reduce the use of hazardous chemicals by 15 to 20 per cent. The environmental inspectors act as the backbone of the department since they perform sampling, testing and impact assessments for different industrial units and projects. With the recent proceedings of the Water Commission, trainings like these would help Sepa inspectors to put forth their stance in a logically and scientifically justified way.

Arjmand Qayyum Amjad, coordinator ILES, WWF-Pakistan shared a detail overview on Environment and Climate Change in context of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) signed and ratified by Pakistan. He said that the textile and leather sectors represent the largest domain of the industrial base and play a key role in the country’s economy. He shared that these industries are resource intensive where large amounts of water, energy and chemicals of different classes are used, contributing to an overall increase in pollution levels in the country.     Printed in The News : 15th January 2019
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/417607-sepa-organises-training-session-for-smart-environmental-management-practices

 
 
Karachi ; Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has organized a capacity building hands-on Training on Environmental Monitoring and Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs) etc. for its field staff particularly for fields assistant, environmental inspectors and field supervisors etc in collaboration with WWF Pakistan, at the beginning Ms. Komal Naeem senior officer International labor and environmental standards (ILES) has welcomed the participants and briefed them about the aim & purpose of the capacity building workshop; from SEPA Mr. Imran Sabir Deputy Director has said in the orientation that SEPA has handful of resources and to apprised their field staff with the latest industry trends and for effective environmental monitoring such kind of a trainings are of utmost importance.

Mr. Love Kumar from WWF has given a briefed orientation on ILES & WWF Pakistan working, Arjumand Qayyum coordinator fresh water program WWF has given a detail overview on Environment and Climate Change in context of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA’s) signed by Pakistan or rectification has been done by Pakistan.
He has said that environment is everywhere and influences every one as every sphere of life is connected with it, he further elaborated that Pakistan is not a major contributor in environmental pollution but our country is one of a most vulnerable countries being affected by environmental degradation. Mr. Qazi from Archroma company has briefed the participants about handling of equipment for environmental monitoring in detail, he also talked about water and waste water testing parameters; he gave a detail overview on the environmental impacts of power of hydrogen (hp) and talked about the environmental impacts of turbidity etc. as well.Arjmand Qayyum also sensitizes the participants about an overview of environmental sampling methodologies in Textile and Leather Sectors and also given a detail overview related to Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs) for industries in a comprehensive manner.
14-12-2018
 
کچرا جلانے والوں کے خلاف سیپا جرمانہ عائد کرے۔ نوابزادہ تیمور تالپور کی ہدایت


کراچی( )کراچی میں جگہ جگہ کھلی فضاء میں اور رہائشی علاقوں کے نزدیک کچرا جلانے کے بڑھتے ہوئے واقعات اور فضائی آلودگی کا نوٹس لیتے ہوئے صوبائی وزیر ماحولیات نوابزادہ تیمور تالپور نے آج ایک اہم اجلاس سیکریٹری ماحولیات کے دفتر میں طلب کیا جس میں کراچی کے تمام ڈسٹرکٹ میونسپل کارپوریشن،سندھ سولڈ مینجمنٹ بورڈ،ڈی ایچ اے،کنٹونمنٹ بورڈ ملیر اور فیصل کے متعلقہ افسران نے شرکت کی۔اجلاس میں وزیر ماحولیات نے متعلقہ ڈی ایم سی کو ہدایت دی کہ رات کے اوقات میں ایسی تمام جگہوں پر جہاں کچراپھینکا اور جلایا جاتا ہے فعال ٹیموں کے ذریعے نگرانی یقینی بنائی جائے۔اجلاس میں فیصلہ کیا گیا کہ کچرے کے جلائے جانے کے حوالے سے تمام شہری ادارے ایک فوکل پرسن کا تعین کریں گے جس کے ذریعے صورتحال کے تدارک اور ضروری اقدامات کیلئے تمام متعلقہ اداروں کے درمیان موثر رابطے کو یقینی بنایا جائے گا۔بلدیاتی اداروں کے متعلقہ افسران نے اس ضمن میں پیش آنے والی مشکلات کے ازالے کیلئے پولیس اور ضلعی انتظامیہ کی مدد اور تعاون کی. درخواست کی۔وزیر ماحولیات نے اس ضمن میں یقین دہانی کروائی کہ وہ اس سلسلے میں پولیس اور انتظامیہ کے سینئر افسران سے بات کریں گے۔ انہوں نے اس موقع پر عوام سے بھی اپیل کی کہ وہ کچرا جلائے جانے کے واقعات کی نشاندہی محکمہ ماحولیات کو کریں تاکہ اس ضمن میں بروقت اور ضروری کارروائی کی جاسکے اور ذمہ داروں پر قانون کے مطابق سخت جرمانہ عائد کیا جائے۔اجلاس میں اس بات پر غور و فکر کیا گیا کہ کس طرح اس بڑھتی ہوئی آلودگی پر قابو پایا جائے اس موقع پر سیکریٹری ماحولیات لئیق احمد نے بھی اس امر کی ضرورت پر زور دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ یہ کراچی کے ہر شخص کی ذمہ داری ہے کہ وہ ماحولیاتی آلودگی پر قابو پانے کے لئے ہر ممکن قدم اٹھائے اس کی ابتدا اپنے گھر،گلی اور محلے سے کی جاسکتی ہے جہاں پر غلاظت کے ڈھیر اور کچرے جلائے جانے کے واقعات پہلی فرصت میں متعلقہ اداروں کے علم میں لائیں جائیں۔انہوں نے اس عزم کا اظہار کیا کہ محکمہ ماحولیاتجلد از جلد ایک بہت موثر اور معلوماتی آگاہی مہم کا آغاز کرے گاجس میں عوام الناس کو بڑھتی ہوئی فضائی آلودگی،اس کے نقصانات اور اس کے سد باب کیلئے معلومات فراہم کی جائیں گی۔اجلاس میں کراچی میونسپل کارپوریشن کے کسی بھی نمائندے کی غیر حاضری کا نوٹس لیتے ہوئے وزیر ماحولیات نے سیکریٹری ماحولیات کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ اس بارے میں میونسپل کمشنر کے ایم سی سے وضاحت طلب کریں
 
 

Press Release

23/11/2018

Karachi: Secretary, Environment Climate Change  and Costal Development, Government of Sindh/DG SEPA Mr. Laeeq Ahmed said that there is a dire need to sensitize people about the significance of environmental care.

Secretary, Environment Climate Change and Costal Development, Government of SindhMr. Laeeq Ahmed/DG SEPA chaired an orientation meeting at SEPA on Monday 19.11.2018; he was accompanied by Additional Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development and others.

Additional Director General EPA Sindh Mr. Naeem Mughal welcomed him & briefed the Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development/DG SEPA and participants about the history and role of SEPA, its mandate as an environmental watchdog, SEPA act 2014 etc. He gave an overview of environmental problems confronted by Sindh and said that the province of Sindh is facing multifold hardships due to the environmental degradation. He briefed on issues of solid waste management, air pollution, hospital waste, contamination of surface and soil water etc.

At this occasion Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development/DG SEPA elaborated that environment is a vast subject and it has direct implications on every segment of life. In this regard Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development, Government of Sindh/DG SEPA Mr. Laeeq Ahmed underscored the need of an appropriate industrial database too and pointed out that there is a need of proper segment-wise availability of all concerned data on industries and tanneries etc functioning in Sindh for compliance of law.

Matters related to polluted water, environmental legislation, environmental monitoring etc. were also discussed in the meeting. Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development, Government of Sindh emphasized the need for better coordination between all the concerned line departments and vowed that with proper team efforts all the constraints can be removed and environmental compliance can be made sure. On Tuesday 20/11/18 Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development, Government of Sindh/DG SEPA inspected the laboratory section and received briefing about its functioning.

 

Earth day 2018:

Karachi; 22nd April  2018: Sindh Environmental Protection Agency SEPA, in collaboration with Sustainable Living Society of Institute of Business Management IoBM, has hosted a workshop followed by plantation drive today to commemorated Earth Day today.
Talking to the audience Mr. Tofiq Pasha Mooraj said that Earth Day is synonymousto Earth birth day and it is an opportunity to sensitize people regarding the care of the environment. He further added we have one of the dirtiest urban centers and one needs to be conscious about the kind of world he or she is leaving for the generations to come, he underscored the need to be realize for the importance of environmental care.
Mr. Ainul Abedin , one of a pioneers in green architecture talked about green buildings and provision of having environmentally sustainable building designs. According to him, 1.5 million people are added to the cities every week worldwide and for foreseeable future; energy efficient buildings are required particularly in urban centers of Pakistan. 
He talked about the Paris agreement and said that in order to limit the average temperature below 2 degree centigrade, provision of having environmental friendly infrastructure is of utmost importance.
Citing the example of Finance trade center which was built way back in 1983 in Karachi, he said that it is a good example of such buildings; however, overall in Pakistan the landscape is quiet bleak in this regard and a lot needs to be done. He underscored and
elaborated that there is not a single building in Pakistan with zero pc carbon emission.
Dr Nuzhat Khan from National Institute of Oceanography spoke about the consequences of the menace created by plastic waste in context of marine life. She said that dioxin, which is produced due to burning of plastic has serious health implications and said
one has to be mindful about his or her role in this regard.
Dr Shahid Amjad, an environmental expert from IoBM spoke about plastic waste and mentioned that synthetic man-made materials are injurious to natural environment and he said that one needs to be asked that how much plastic waste is generated by an individual on a daily bases. He further added that a single man generates up to 0.1 ton of waste every
year.
DG Nab Sindh Muhammad Altaf Bawani also spoke to the audience and said that there is a dire need to make masses aware about the environmental protection and this milestone can only be achieved through collective efforts from an individual to all the
concerned authorities. He further said that today’s event is a nice effort in this regard. 
Additional Director General Waqar Hussain Phulpoto briefed the participants about the measures taken by Sindh Environmental Protection Agency to curb the plastic menace,he talked about the recently promulgated notification by Sindh Environmental Protection Agency for the stoppage of non biodegradable polythene bags and said that SEPA has been
relentlessly pursuing stakeholders to adopt the technology for manufacturing biodegradable plastic products and informed that three companies have been issued licenses to sell their oxo-biodegradable additive in this regard . He said that 20 million
kilograms of flexible plastic has been converted into biodegradable plastic from 2015 onwards due to the efforts of SEPA.
After the shield distribution a plantation drive has been held and different guests have been paired with different educational institutions and they planted a tree as a legacy in the campus of IoBM. SEPA has paired with Foundation Public School and Beacon House Defense Campus.

Press Release
16-01-2018

1ST MEETING OF SINDH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION  (SEP) COUNCIL

Karachi: today on dated 16-01- 2018, 1 st meeting of Sindh Environmental Protection (SEP) Council has been held under the Chairmanship of Honourable Minister for
Environment, Climate Change & Coastal Development Department, Government of Sindh,Mr. Muhammad Ali Malkani for approval of Sindh Environment Quality Standards (SEQS)and also for the framing the rules of procedure for SEP Council.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Baqaullah Unnar, Secretary Environment, ClimateChange & Coastal Development Department/ Director General Sindh EPA, Syed Jamal Mustafa, Secretary Irrigation Department, Mr. Abdul Raheem, Secretary Industries, Dr.Muhammad Usman Chachar, Commissioner Sukkur Division and other ex-officio members, the representative of FPCCI, Chamber of Commerce and Industries Karachi, S.I.T.E Association, KATI Association, NGOs, Academia and Technical Experts.
The members of the council, after detailed deliberation approved of the SEQS notified earlier, vide Gazette Notification No. EPA/TECH/739/2014 dated: 28 th January, 2016. The chairman of the council has also formed a sub-committee to review the SEQS and to propose necessary amendments within a period of one month.
The sub-committee will be chaired by the Secretary, Environment, Climate Change &Coastal Development Department Mr. Baqaullah Unnar, and will comprise of following the 11 members:
1. Mr. Gulzar Feroze, FPCCI.
2. Representatives of CCI, Karachi
3. Representatives of S.I.T.E Association Karachi.
4. Representatives of KATI.
5. Representatives of CCI, Hyderabad.
6. Mr. Ghulam Murtaza, Representatives of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources.
7. Mr. Shahid Lutfi, Environmental Expert.
8. Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro.
9. Prof. Dr. Shabbar Ali, Dean (Civil), NED University.
10. Mr. Waqar Hussain Phulpoto, Additional Director General, SEPA.
11. Dr. Ashique Ali Langah, Director Regional Office Karachi, SEPA.
Mr. Muhammad Ali Malkani, Chairman of the Council also directed SEPA to prepare
draft for “Rules of Procedure” of the Council within 30 days for review of the council members.

 

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