Karachi, April 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Justice (R) Zahid Kurban Alavi today had a meeting with a -4 member delegation of IUCN Pakistan (Country office) led by Ms. Stella jafri, Consultant (OD and HR) at C.M House.
The country representative Mr. Mehmood Akhtar Cheema informed the Caretaker Chief Minister that IUCN is the World’s oldest and largest environment organization with more than 1, 137 government and NGO member organizations and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more supported by more than 1000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in the public.
He further informed that the IUCN has been implementing variety of projects, ranging from policy advocacy and support to on ground implementation which include Balochistan partnership sustainable development; National impact Assessment Programme, Pakistan water programme, Pakistan sustainable Transport project, mangroves for the future. Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh, appreciated the role of IUCN and said there is need of implementing development schemes on BOT basis.
He said that budget of Sindh province is in deficit while during todays Cabinet meeting he was informed that there are many programmes and projects for which there is acute need of funding. He further said the youth of Sindh province require various exchange programmes which include study schemes, scholarship etc. Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh added that there is need of welfare schemes at Thar area as water is now also available while life is to improved there under Sindh Human rehabilitation.
IUCN delegation informed the Caretaker CM that they intend to improve and cultivate mangroves on coastal area/ Indus Delta. The project with cost of $ 700 million will be completed within 7-years. It was decided that the project if finally approved will be initiated by IUCN and Forest Department will be executed. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Tahir Qureshi, Senior Advisor Coastal Ecosystem; Mr. Ghulam Qadir Shah National Coordinator IUCN Pakistan and principal Secretary to C.M Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch.
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