Regulatory Control on Environmental Degradation through Capacity Building of EPA Punjab

The major objectives of this project are:

  • Establishing Vehicular Pollution Control Section
  • Study and analyze the existing situation of vehicular pollution in Punjab with objective to visualize the status of air pollution with present and future policies of government to deal with sources of air pollution
  • Develop Vehicular Pollution Control plans for district governments and waste management authorities
  • Introduction of techniques and measures among various stakeholders mainly transporters, general public, government departments and decision makers for control and minimization of air pollution
  • Capacity building of concerned district governments to control vehicular pollution
  • Training of the various stakeholders for control of air pollution to bring improvements in existing situation
  • To minimize the risks of emissions of toxic gases and suspended particulate matter from vehicular fleet in Punjab
  • Improvement in urban air quality and health of general citizen
  • Establishment of Biodiversity Section
  • To undertake study on existing situation of biodiversity in Punjab
  • Highlight the reasons for depletion of certain species of Flora and Fauna in Punjab
  • Coordinate various line department(s) to implement national Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)
  • To impart continuous input, by collaborating with various concerned government and non-government organizations, to check further depletion of biodiversity in Punjab
  • Carry out public awareness programs for developing consciousness regarding dealing with indoor and outdoor hazardous material as well as wastes

Project Details

Environmental Protection Department and Environment Protection Agency established regional offices in major industrialized areas of the province. The services of sixteen (16) regional offices of EPA, Punjab are currently placed with district governments as part of the devolution plan.

Section (12) of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997, describes a large number of projects that must obtain prior environmental approvals from the federal or provincial agencies. The agency thus has to process and evaluate an ever-increasing number of applications, Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). There is a dire need to strengthen the capacity of the EPA to deal effectively with a workload that is likely to expand manifold over the future and also undertake regular follow-up for implementation of Pakistan’s environmental regulatory requirements at provincial level and preparation of comprehensive data on compliance status. This project also aims to build up the capacity and the ability of the EPA to meet the environmental contingency in tandem with the provincial government emergency response unit. Furthermore, capacity building of the agency is in line with the desired objectives of National Environmental Policy.

The new areas of environmental protection, management and rehabilitation are necessary to be addressed by EPA, Punjab in the light of obligatory duties of Pakistan under various Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). It is also proposed that services of various experts (consultant(s)/consulting firms,) under government’s prescribed rules and regulations, may also be procured to accomplish multiple tasks. The scope of work and tasks for each section and the expert(s)/consultant(s) appointed thereafter will mostly include but not limited to coordination in data collection, data analysis, preparation of recommendation highlighting the role(s) of  stakeholder(s) and formulation of schemes (PC-Is and PC-IIs) to meet the objectives of each newly established section.