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SINDH ENVIRONMENT Monthly Newsletter of Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh – July 2013

Secretary briefed on performance of Sindh EPA Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sind Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani has urged the officers of Sindh Environmental Protection Agency to further beef up environment monitoring in order to address various environmental issues prevailing in

the province including industrial air emissions, industrial wastewater, vehicular emissions, domestic sewage, industrial and domestic solid waste, hospital waste, deterioration of air quality, land degradation etc by enforcement of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997 with full vigor to

trickle its effects down to the populace in general. He was talking to officers of Sindh EPA after his maiden departmental briefing which was given to him on Monday here at EPA Complex Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi by Director General of EPA Sindh Mr Naeem Ahmed Mughal. It may be mentioned here that Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani has recently taken the charge of Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sindh. He further said that the people are directly being severely affected by the environmental degradation and the worst part of their sad plight is that they themselves are not aware of the hazards being posed by various kinds of pollution on their health and quality of life. He stressed the need to make all segments of the society fully aware on vital environmental issues to win their cooperation for the eradication of menace of pollution because, he argued, any effort to stem the environmental deterioration cannot be successful without the participation of all stakeholders. He said that there is pressing need to take all stakeholders on board to put


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the green laws fully into practice and added that there is an urgent need to take industrial associations, hospital representative outfits, civil society and public sector organizations into confidence to portray the real picture of environment of Sindh and subsequently decide what needs to be done urgently to ameliorate the gloomy situation of green affairs of the province. He guided Sindh Environmental Protection Agency to take concerted efforts for implementation of environmental laws and check compliance of National Environmental Quality Standards in various industrial units across the province to prevent further degradation of environment. Issues of cutting of forests, extinction of wildlife species, pollution of water resources, marine pollution, burning of solid waste and spread of diseases linked with pollution and contamination were discussed in detail. He further said that the need of the hour is to put all the black and white schemes and plans into practice and for this a higher level of commitment is direly required. He urged the officers of the Sindh EPA not to take their duty simply a tedious chore and put all the efforts to bring results on ground so that they may be witnessed with applause by all and sundry. He emphasized upon unflinching commitment and tireless endeavors for the cause of better environment and advised the officers and staff of Sindh

EPA not to averse even burning midnight oil in delivering performance for the protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the ever-degrading environment of the province. Earlier briefing the Secretary on performance of Sindh EPA, Director General Mr Naeem Ahmed Mughal said that quite recently 3000 industries were served notices to look into their state of environmental compliance. He further said that nearly 180 hospitals were directed to dispose of their infectious waste through appropriate technology of incinerator, autoclave or any other suitable one. He informed the Secretary that with the efforts of Sindh EPA a combined effluent treatment plant has been installed with the financial assistance of Sindh Government at the industrial area of Kotri to treat the industrial effluent before its release into adjacent water body of KB Feeder. “In past a combined effluent plant of similar nature was also installed at the cluster of tanneries situated at Sector 7 of Korangi Industrial Area because of the key motivating role of Sindh EPA” he added. He said all the proponents of public sector development projects are also being vigorously approached and convinced to get the environmental impact assessment (EIA)/initial environmental examination (IEE) of their project conducted and duly approved by Sindh EPA. “The

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proponents of private sector development projects are also submitting the EIA/IEE of their projects to seek green nod over them but their pace of submission is not according to factual developmental position in referred sector”, he added. Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sind Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani thanked all the officers of Sindh EPA on his first internal review meeting.

According to plan, district-wise different industrial areas have been assigned to field inspection teams of SEPA and they will collect industrial wastewater samples. The collected samples would be referred to Laboratory for scientific analysis and if any found in contravention of National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) legal proceedings in accordance to the provision of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997 would be initiated.

EPA Sindh boosts up industrial monitoring “DG SEPA issues monthly industrial monitoring plan” “Enforcement of environmental laws would be ensured: Naeem Ahmed Mughal” Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh (EPA Sindh) has boosted up environmental monitoring of all industrial areas of Karachi to control industrial pollution by acrossthe-board implementing the environmental laws. According to details, after taking over charge of Director General EPA Sindh recently Mr Naeem Ahmed Mughal assigned the task of industrial monitoring of all the industrial areas of Karachi to field officers by issuing a monthly monitoring plan to them.

Advising the field officers to implement the industrial monitoring plan in letter and spirit the Director General EPA Sindh said that no any lethargy will be tolerated while putting the said plan into practice. He urged the officers to put all their efforts to control the industrial pollution for the great good of the ever-degrading environmental conditions of the province in particular in the industrial areas releasing wastewater to rivers, canals and sea. It may be pointed out that quite recently 3000 industries were served notices by EPA Sindh to look into their

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state of environmental compliance. In addition to this, nearly 180 hospitals were directed to dispose of their infectious waste through appropriate technology of incinerator, autoclave or any other suitable one. Moreover, with the efforts of Sindh EPA a combined effluent treatment plant is being installed with the financial

being vigorously approached and convinced to get the environmental impact assessment (EIA)/initial environmental examination (IEE) of their project conducted and duly approved by Sindh EPA.

Sindh EPA defers EIA process of 150MW wind power project

Quite recently 3000 industries were served notices by EPA Sindh to look into their state of environmental compliance.

Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh has deferred the further process on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of 150 megawatt wind power project owing to various technical flaws in its EIA report. The project is to be installed at Jhimpir by M/s UEP Wind Power (Pvt) Limited. According to details, during public hearing of the referred project - held at Beach Luxury Hotel on Monday here the participants of the meeting during discussion on the EIA report of the project validly pointed out various flaws in it. Consequently Director Technical of EPA Sindh Waqar Hussain Phulphoto advised the proponent of the project M/s UEP Wind to submit an addendum of the EIA report to remove the technical shortcomings as pointed out by the stakeholders during the public hearing. The main flaws in the referred report – as pointed out during the hearing - were

assistance of Sindh Government at the industrial area of Kotri to treat the industrial effluent before its release into adjacent water body of KB Feeder. A combined effluent plant was also installed at the cluster of tanneries situated at Sector 7 of Korangi Industrial Area because of the key motivating role of Sindh EPA. Owners of industries are also advised to ensure appropriate wastewater treatment facility to combat pollution and to honour environmental legislation in the interest of general public and for the conservation and protection of natural resources. Besides, all the proponents of public sector development projects are also

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weaknesses in its community survey conducted by the consultant of the proponent to seek views and comments

mitigation measures to control the noise pollution by the construction machinery that will affect the people living around the area. The report is also reportedly devoid of exact details of the presence of flora and fauna, endangered species and extent of biodiversity in the area of the project and how the project’s installations are going to affect them and the precautionary environmental and safety measures to be taken by the proponent to save them from any harm. The proponent has also been directed to get the executive summary of the project translated in local language and distribute its copies among community leaders, local NGOs, stakeholder organizations and other concerned citizens and seek their comments to put them in the addendum of the EIA report of the said project. The proponent has been directed to submit the addendum within three weeks’ time so that EPA Sindh may process the complete EIA report of the project for the consideration of the EIA expert committee for its onward environmental approval subject to satisfactory compilation of the report. It may be pointed out that UEP Wind Power Ltd got LOI from AEDB for the development of 150 MW wind power project in Jhimpir Sindh. The project is in development stage and feasibility of the project is in progress. The project will install 100 number of wind turbines

of the people living around the area about the project. The consultant reportedly failed to mention various important demographics of the community including their source of livelihood, income level, education standard, their access to health and sanitation facilities and their cultural considerations. Moreover, the results of the community development survey imply that communication with the community was not made through their local language and it became main cause of dull expression of their concerns and hopes on the project. It was also pointed out during the public hearing that it was not mentioned in the report how proponent will handle various environmental issues likely to be emerged during the construction phase of the project including disposal of construction waste; treatment of civic wastewater and disposal of civic waste that will be generated by the construction staff’s temporary settlements around the project area and

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generators (WTGs) each with rated output of 1.5 MW.

on newly installed CETP at Kotri Industrial Area. It was informed during the briefing that the PC-I of CETP was approved in April 2010 at the cost of Rs667 million and work was awarded to M/s ARA Joint Venture in June 2010 collaborating with M/s ARITIM MUHENDISILK (Turkish firm) who supplied technology of plant and machinery. They were also informed that the capacity of the plant is 2.5 MGD and is installed at the land of 6.00 acres. The wastewater of nearly 99 industries situated in Kotri Industrial Area would be treated in referred CETP if all the operational industries utilize its services. Later on expressing his views on the project, the Secretary Environment stressed to operationalise CETP on urgent basis to address the issue of disposal of wastewater into KB Feeder Canal that provides water to Karachi city through Kinjhar Lake. He also emphasized upon making appropriate arrangements for operation and maintenance of plant for its continuous functioning.

Secretary Environment, DG SEPA briefed on CETP of Kotri Industrial Area

Industrial wastewater load in KB Feeder Canal seen reduced by 2.5MGD Industrial wastewater load in Kalri Bagahar Canal of Kotri will be reduced by 2.5 million gallon per day (MGD) after the combined effluent treatment plant (CETP) installed in Kotri industrial area with the financial assistance of Sindh Government will work at its full capacity subject to utilization of its services by all the industries of the referred area. This was stated in a meeting held at the office of MD SITE on Wednesday here. Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sindh Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani along with Director General Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh Mr. Naeem Ahmed Mughal visited the office of Managing Director, Sindh Industrial Trading Estate Limited Mr. Sajjad Hussain Abbasi to get the briefing

He further said that there is pressing

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need to install such plants in other industrial areas of the province. He advised all the industrial area associations of Sindh to take such initiative and instead of eying towards government do the needful on self-help basis to reduce the industrial pollution from the region. Director General SEPA Mr. Naeem Ahmed Mughal stressed the need of seeking consultation by SEPA before installing such green machinery to make it more effective and result oriented. He said technical experts of SEPA are fully

area to impose Section 144 can also be an option to avoid any misuse of the wastewater that is presently being diverted by local people for cultivation of crops. The representatives of SITE, officers of SEPA and experts of CETP contracting firms were also present on this occasion.

EPA Sindh organizes seminar and walk on World Environment Day

All the industrial area associations of Sindh to take such initiative and instead of eying towards government do the needful on self-help basis to reduce the industrial pollution from the region.

Environment Protection Agency, Government of Sindh is organizing an awareness walk and a seminar today (5TH June Wednesday) on the occasion of World Environment Day 2013.

equipped with advance technical knowledge to help taking any type of green initiative in the province. MD SITE said on this occasion that meanwhile CETP is fully functional strict measures will be taken to ward off any diversion of wastewater of Kotri industrial area towards any other productive purpose. He said likelihood of asking district administration of the

According to details, this year United Nations Environment Program has set the theme for World Environment Day as “Think Eat Save; Reduce you Foodprint�. With regard to this theme EPA Sindh has organized a seminar

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today (5th June Wednesday) in collaboration with Department of Food Science and Technology University of Karachi at Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Auditorium in the premises of the University on the topic of “Environment and Food Security at 10 am. Additional Chief Secretary Food Department, Government of Sindh Mr Muhammd Naseer Jamali is the chief guest while Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser will preside over the seminar. Different environmental and food experts will give presentations on various issues related to environment and food security. EPA Sindh has also organized an awareness walk and live music concert today (5th June Wednesday) at Sea View Clifton near Floating Ship at 5.,00 pm in which promising singers with Asian Band (musical band) will perform to enthrall the audience. Different giveaways and gifts will also be distributed among participants of the walk. Entry for families is free in the live concert while individual’s entry is subject to free passes. It may be mentioned here that World Environment Day is celebrated across the globe on 5th June every year to inculcate the global fraternity on significance of safe environment for a healthy life. It is observed all over world with the active participation of governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, communities and other outfits of all

types. It actually means to raise environmental awareness to make people improve their surrounding environment for a safer world to live and hand over to their coming generations. This year United Nations Environment Program has set the theme of this Day as “Think Eat Save: Reduce your Foodprint” that aims to bring on global action to mitigate the food wastage for the ultimate cause of a huge slash in hunger and deprivation. About World Environment Day World Environment Day ('WED') is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was from 5–16 June 1972. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. [1] The first World Environment Day was in 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. World Environment Day is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere. "Stockholm was without a doubt the landmark event in the growth of international environmentalism", writes John McCormick in the book Reclaiming

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Paradise. "It was the first occasion on which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action."

every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.

Objectives of World Environment Day WED aims to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place year round but climax on June 5. WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts. This year’s campaign rallies you to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective

Theme for WED 2013 The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an antifood waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of subSaharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in

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decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient. If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions

of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions. So think before you eat and help save our environment! Theme 2012 Green Economy This year's theme 'Green Economy: invites everyone to both assess where the Green Economy fits in their daily lives and evaluate whether development through these pathways towards a Green Economy can deliver the kinds of social, economic and environmental outcomes needed in a world of seven billion people, climbing to over nine billion in 2050.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost.

Theme 2011 Forests-Nature At Your Service Forests-Nature At Your Service-cover one third of the earth’s land mass, performing vital functions and services around the world which make our planet alive with possibilities. In fact, 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. They play a key role in our battle against climate change, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while storing carbon dioxide.

from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food. In fact, the global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change. Making informed decision therefore means, for example, that you purposefully select foods that have less

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host, Rwanda – a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection – led the celebrations with three days of keynote events.

Topic?" During International Polar Year, WED 2007 focused on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, on other ice- and snow-covered areas of the world, and the resulting global impacts.

Theme 2009 Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change. The theme for WED 2009 was 'Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change'. It reflected the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests.

Theme 2006 Don't desert drylands The slogan emphasised the importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40% of the planet's surface. This ecosystem is home to one-third of the world's people who are more vulnerable members of society. The main international celebrations of the World Environment Day 2006 were held in Algeria.

WASTAGE OF FOODBIG PROBLEM-SO, THINK-EAT-SAVE

Theme 2008 CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy The host for World Environment Day 2008 was New Zealand, with the main international celebrations scheduled for Wellington. The slogan for 2008 was "CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy." New Zealand was one of the first countries to pledge to achieve carbon neutrality, and will also focus on forest management as a tool for reducing greenhouse gases.[4] Activities based around the event have been planned in the Wellington region between 28 May and 13 June.

By-Sunila A.Wassey, Asst.Director, EPA- Sindh The basic question is, what kind of world are we going to bequeath to our children in future? It is futile to just say that our society is facing great Environmental problems .There is an overall degradation of components of our biosphere. The quality of air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil in which we grow our food, and the land where we live, are deteriorating to a disturbing extent. In this transitional period of burgeoning awareness of the conflict between human activities and

Theme 2007 Melting Ice – a Hot Topic? The topic for World Environment Day for 2007 was "Melting Ice – a Hot Page 11


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Environmental constraints, our commitment to protect the Environment must stand supreme. Actually an Environment is an outcome of millions of years of evolution and mutations, harbouring all kinds of myriads life forms and eco-systems. Our fundamental goal is its preservation. For this preservation and protection of an environment, World Environment Day is being celebrated on 5th June of every year.

wastages worldwide. In Pakistan food wastage rate is also very high because of lack of proper storage facilities, and mishandling. Improper handling of food wastages and their disposal also give rise to greenhouse gases especially methane, (CH4) .Carbon dioxide (CO2) etc. which ultimately participate in global warming. Being an environmental friendly we can stop wastage of food at source by proper storage facilities, handling and transportation system. Women’s can also participate actively in reducing food wastage at home like, food can be grow at home ,new buying food placed back side while older items fridge to the front, also food waste can be compost instead of land filling etc. Therefore, by adopting efficient approaches, food wastages can be stopped at maximum level. On this Environment day, we hope that our Local ,Federal governments ,NGOs, International and Multinational Organization would think more and work collectively in this sensitive issue by taking sophisticated and efficiently steps and takeout countries from starved, famine and malnutrition in to healthy countries as well undernourished countries in to nourished by proper food management and sustainable consumption. Therefore more strategic approach to work, more targets and realistic timeframes will make a lasting difference So, THINKEAT- SAVE Positively and Act actively-

I n 2013 the selected theme, for Environment day i-e think, eat, save is very meaningful for developing awareness on importance of food and stoppage of their wastage worldwide. According to research of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),1.3 billion tones of food is wasted every year and also estimates that about a third of global food production is wasted or lost which shows negative environmental impact on an Environment..Therefore we should have to focus on the prevention and control method by acquiring clean technologies, waste minimization and resource preservation strategies, and should strong fully make decisions on reduction of environmental impacts of food

For feedback and queries please write to us at: epasindh@gmail.com Editor: Mujtaba Baig Deputy Director Public Awareness EPA Sindh

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