KARACHI: National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) President Naeem Quresh and Executive Director Society for Environmental Actions, Re-Construction and Humanitarian response (SEARCH) Pakistan Waheed Jamali asked the Sindh government to implement the Environment Act 2014 adopted by Sindh Assembly two days back so as to conserve and develop environment across the province.
Talking to PPI, they said that the Environment Bill 2014 will provide a great guidance for conservation of natural and physical environment besides controlling various types of pollution.
President NFEH M Naeem Qureshi appreciated Sindh Environment Minister Dr Sikander Mandro for his efforts in the approval of much awaited bill. He expressed the hope that the bill would resolve serious environmental issues.
Qureshi stressed the need for swift implementation of the bill via quick and efficient setting up of the Sindh Environmental Protection Council. He said that it was of paramount importance that the members of this council be selected with great care so as to enlist only those individuals well-versed with the technicalities and concepts of environmental control.
He expressed concerns over the present abysmal state of environment in Sindh. The damage caused to the environment from air, solid waste, noise and effluent is now on a horrific state of affairs. He said that with the passing of the Environment Bill, all of this would change. He also said that the government should join hands with leading NGOs working in environment conservation and incorporate their suggestions in the environment policy.
He also expressed appreciation for the healthcare bill on behalf of NFEH, and said that this would help protect patients and their rights.
SEARCH Pakistan Executive Director Waheed Jamali said that approval of the Environment Bill 2014 would usher in new era of environment, social and economic development. He said that it was the need of the hour that Sindh must have a new environment law.
“This bill will help end environmental crimes and reduce pollution significantly.” He said the environment is a major sector for socio-economic development, therefore it should be given due importance.
He asked Sindh government to ensure immediate implementation of Environment Bill 2014 so that people could get rid of environment pollutions and issues affecting the society across Sind.
“Everything, including health, agriculture, manmade things, around us are environment and it is the responsibility of government and civil society to save it through effective laws,” Jamali said.
The state of environment in Sindh is very bad. “There is need to improve environment in every sector of life. It is pity that the government is not taking environment organizations onboard while controlling pollutions and other natural losses.”
SEARCH chief said that climate change had become a big issue facing Pakistan and other parts of the world, hence, this issue should be tackled through implementation of environment laws.