PR No. 235 “The matter of environmental degradation of Islamabad will be taken up with the Prime Minister”, Federal Minister for Climate Change Islamabad: October 26, 2017

The delegation of Green Task Force met Federal Minister for Climate Change in his office to discuss the environmental degradation of Islamabad.

          “The environmental protection is our top priority and we will bring the matter of environmental degradation of Islamabad into notice of Prime Minister”, Federal Minister for Climate Change. He also highlighted that environmental Protection Agency have written letters to Capital Development Authority with reference to construction work going on at Embassy road. It was intimated to capital development authority that all trees likely to be affected due to construction of the project should be clearly marked and numbered ad details therefore be shared with this agency. The Capital Development Authority paid no heed to Environmental Protection Agency and Environmental Protection Agency summoned relevant authority under environmental laws.

          He further added that we will instruct Environmental Protection Agency Islamabad not to issue No objection Certificate for any development work unless the relevant authority in advance, plants ten times more trees at any alternative place, than the number of trees to be affected during any development work. He also informed the delegation that civil society should also raise this issue at all forums. He also highlighted that Ministry of Climate Change is working speedily on establishment of Botanical Garden in Islamabad. This Botanical Garden would be home to precious flora and fauna of our country. It would not only help to improve the environment of Islamabad but also a great tourist attraction, said by the Minister

          Dr. DushkaSayyed chof Green task force also discussed various environmental problems in Islamabad .Federal Minister for Climate Change ensured to provide any kind of support required to protect the Islamabad from any kind of degradation.