ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Environment Hameed ullah Jan Afridi has expressed concern over neglecting of tackling the environment issues in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the past. While asking the IUCN management to gear up their efforts for addressing environmental issues of the area. The minister emphasized the need for evolving a strategy in consultation with the common people of the area.
He was talking to a five member delegation of IUCN, led by country representative, which called on the Federal Minister here today. The delegation briefed the minister on environmental issues and IUCN activities in Pakistan. The delegation apprised the minister that IUCN devices strategies in consultation with the stakeholders and advises the government for tackling environmental problems.
The Federal Minister said that Rs, 1 billion projects would be initiated in FATA for development forests and minimizing environmental threats to the area. The Minister said that a strong monitoring system would be evolved for timely execution of the development projects and ensuring proper utilization of funds.-SANA