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PM for solid steps to overcome environmental challenges.

By ISLAMABAD, March 29, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said the challenges to environment and sustainable development require concerted actions at the federal, provincial and local levels. In his opening remarks while chairing 11th meeting of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council (PEPC), the Prime Minister emphasized that environment is one of the 5 Es viz employment, education, energy and equality being the other four of the manifesto of Pakistan Peoples Party. The Prime Minister thanked the Chief Ministers of Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP and Gilgit-Baltistan, Federal and Provincial Ministers for Environment, Provincial Information Minister of NWFP, Federal and Provincial Secretaries, senior representatives of the Chambers of Commerce, APTMA eminent professionals, members of civil society organizations and the private sector for their participation in the meeting. The meeting focused on water crises and protection of its quality, preventing depletion of aquifers and fresh water resources, enhancing coverage of reliable drinking water supply and sanitation both in urban and rural areas are challenges which need to be addressed. He also stressed upon the need for controlling air quality in urban and industrial area, reversing the adverse inputs of climate change on economy and ecology, and massive afforestation, re-forestation and conservation of biodiversity requires concerted efforts of both public and private sectors. The Prime Minister said he had the privilege of being the first Federal Minister for Environment and Urban Affairs in early 1980s. He stated that the President of Pakistan had himself championed this programme when Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhuttos government appointed him as the chairperson of Pakistan Environmental Protection Council. He pointed out that major expansion in the Ministry of Environment occurred during PPP tenure from 1995-1997 as well as seven out of 10 previous meetings of this Council were held during that period. In order to fulfil the commitments to environment, the Prime Minister said his government declared 2009 as National Year of Environment, fixed 18th August as National Tree Plantation Day, launched massive afforestation campaign of planting 4.5 million saplings in a day which brought an honour to the country for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Record. He also pointed out that the Cabinet had approved National Drinking Water Policy and National Energy Conservation Policy, and also set up a national committee on Climate Change.

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