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Afridi for environment friendly model villages

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Minister for Environment, Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has asked the Khushal Pakistan Program (KPP) to develop pilot project for setting up Environment Friendly Model Villages in different parts of the country including FATA and Northern Areas. Special emphases should be laid on Water Supply, Sanitation Sewerage System, Street Pavements, Waste Water Collection, Household Latrines, Electrification and Parks Development.

He expressed these views while talking to Chief Executive Officer, Khushal Pakistan Fund, Mr. Arif Yaqoob, a member of the Working Group on International Year of Sanitation 2008, who called on him here on Monday. The Minister also reiterated for more active liaison and involvement of KPP with the Ministry of Environment and all the Federal and Provincial EPAs in order to achieve the MTDF Targets and MDGs commitments.

In the meeting it was decided that the Khushal Pakistan Fund Programme will furnish the draft concept papers/draft MoU for future cooperation between the Ministry and the KPP especially in the context of the year of 2009 as a Year of Environment. The Federal Minister said that the Ministry has formulated comprehensive policies which provide broad guidelines to the Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Federally Administered Territories and the Local Governments for addressing environmental concerns, ensuring effective management of the environmental resources, conservation, restoration and effective management of environmental resources, capacity building of government agencies and other stakeholders.

The Minister also stressed upon the importance of Public, Private, Civil Society Partnership to build strategic coordination with public sector and civil society organizations for effective environmental management through creation of enabling environment.-SANA

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Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times
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