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UNPEP asks Pakistan to start Rs. 20.5 million program for environmental protection

13 November, 2005

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ISLAMABAD: United Nation programme for Environmental Protection (UNPEP) Saturday advised Pakistan to start Rs. 20.5 million program to make good of environmental loss in the affected areas of the October 8 devastated earthquake.

The advice was extended by the UN environment protection organization in a meeting which held under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for environment Maj.(Retd) Tahir Iqbal. State minister for environment Malik Amin Aslam and other high-ups of the ministry were also present on the occasion.

The UN organization for environment protection estimated the environmental loss received in the affected areas of the earthquake and presented a detail report in this regard in the meeting.

In the report, several programs were suggested including the cleanliness of the water channel and development of forests to overcome the loss of environment.

The report would be handed over to the government of Pakistan aimed that it would present in the international November 19 donor conference.

As per the report, the development of environment in the quake affected areas would be completed in at least 18 moths duration. The meeting was told that comprehensive review has been taken of the environment loss caused by the land sliding and steps also devised for protection of the water channel and development of the forests in the quake affected areas.

Federal minister lauded the UN organization program and said that organization should indicate the donor agencies aimed that work on the program to start as early as possible.

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