Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Asma Kundi

Pakistan Today

Published Date: Jul 22, 2011

Capital?s environment at risk without a tribunal

Environment of capital city
suffers at hands of a dysfunctional environment tribunal of Punjab, which
awaits a chairman to deal with 450 pending cases

The environment tribunal Lahore, Punjab has been dysfunctional for the last two
months and the violators of the environmental laws are continuing to play havoc
with the environment of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Today has learnt. As many as 400 to 450 cases sent by the Pakistan’s
Environment Protection Agency (EPA) are awaiting action.
The tribunal comprises a chairman and two members; legal and technical, and
according to the Environment Protection Act 1997, the environment tribunal
cannot operate without a chairman. The tribunal’s chairman retired on May 30,
2011, while member legal retired on July 15, 2011, and both the posts are still
lying vacant. An EPA official, seeking anonymity, told Pakistan Today, “We can
only issue notices to the violators of the Environment Protection Act and
environment tribunal is responsible for carrying out inquiries and punishing
them, but unfortunately our 400 to 450 cases are pending with the tribunal,
thus the violators get a free hand to play with the environment of the capital
city and Rawalpindi.”
While talking about the Rawal Lake contamination issue, the official said that
EPA blocked all illegal sewerage lines of catching areas and issued notices to
the people who did not follow EPA’s instructions. “But all this has gone in
vain as 123 cases related to the Rawal Lake issue are still pending with the
tribunal despite the Supreme Court’s orders to expedite the process,” he said.
“Pending cases deal with Rawal Lake contamination, housing societies dumping waste
in the open, factories in the industrial sector, brick kilns and stone
crushers. All these factors are mainly responsible for damaging the environment
of the capital,” he said.
The situation warrants the need of a ‘federal environment tribunal’ to deal with
the environmental issues of the capital, he said. He said it was encouraging
that after the devolution of the environment ministry, efforts were being made
to set up the federal environment tribunal. There are four environment
tribunals in Pakistan, each for every province, but unfortunately, currently
three tribunals in Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar respectively, are dysfunctional,
whereas the capital is running without it, thus depending on the Lahore
tribunal.
Factories and manufacturing units of GI pipes, soap, chemical, plastic, marble,
spices, printing, ghee/oil mills and steel furnaces operating in I-9 and I-10
industrial estates, which either lack or have inadequate facilities for
treatment of waste emissions, are causing water and air pollution in the area.
Residents of Islamabad have complained several times that the residents of
sectors I-9 and I-10 have become patients of asthma, respiratory infections,
allergies and heart diseases owing to the pollution being emitted by industrial
units, especially steel furnaces and marble units, in the federal capital’s
industrial estate.
While talking to Pakistan Today, Shakil Ramay, head of Climate Change Study
Center, SDPI, an NGO, said, “According to a five-year-old report of the World
Bank, Pakistan had been losing Rs 365 million per year owing to environment
degradation. So, in this context, instead of coming up with an integrated
approach to address this issue, we are going towards a disaster.”
“Without a strong system for implementation of rules and regulation of the
environment, we are inviting everyone to damage the environment for personal
interests,” he said. EPA Director General Asif Shujah said, “Due to the vacant
seat of the chairman, the Punjab tribunal is dysfunctional. So, definitely our
performance gets affected. Since the cases are pending with the tribunal, we
cannot take measures with decisions pending.”

The environment tribunal Lahore, Punjab has been dysfunctional for the last two
months and the violators of the environmental laws are continuing to play havoc
with the environment of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Today has learnt. As many as 400 to 450 cases sent by the Pakistan’s
Environment Protection Agency (EPA) are awaiting action.
The tribunal comprises a chairman and two members; legal and technical, and
according to the Environment Protection Act 1997, the environment tribunal
cannot operate without a chairman. The tribunal’s chairman retired on May 30,
2011, while member legal retired on July 15, 2011, and both the posts are still
lying vacant. An EPA official, seeking anonymity, told Pakistan Today, “We can
only issue notices to the violators of the Environment Protection Act and
environment tribunal is responsible for carrying out inquiries and punishing
them, but unfortunately our 400 to 450 cases are pending with the tribunal,
thus the violators get a free hand to play with the environment of the capital
city and Rawalpindi.”
While talking about the Rawal Lake contamination issue, the official said that
EPA blocked all illegal sewerage lines of catching areas and issued notices to
the people who did not follow EPA’s instructions. “But all this has gone in
vain as 123 cases related to the Rawal Lake issue are still pending with the
tribunal despite the Supreme Court’s orders to expedite the process,” he said.
“Pending cases deal with Rawal Lake contamination, housing societies dumping waste
in the open, factories in the industrial sector, brick kilns and stone
crushers. All these factors are mainly responsible for damaging the environment
of the capital,” he said.
The situation warrants the need of a ‘federal environment tribunal’ to deal with
the environmental issues of the capital, he said. He said it was encouraging
that after the devolution of the environment ministry, efforts were being made
to set up the federal environment tribunal. There are four environment
tribunals in Pakistan, each for every province, but unfortunately, currently
three tribunals in Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar respectively, are dysfunctional,
whereas the capital is running without it, thus depending on the Lahore
tribunal.
Factories and manufacturing units of GI pipes, soap, chemical, plastic, marble,
spices, printing, ghee/oil mills and steel furnaces operating in I-9 and I-10
industrial estates, which either lack or have inadequate facilities for
treatment of waste emissions, are causing water and air pollution in the area.
Residents of Islamabad have complained several times that the residents of
sectors I-9 and I-10 have become patients of asthma, respiratory infections,
allergies and heart diseases owing to the pollution being emitted by industrial
units, especially steel furnaces and marble units, in the federal capital’s
industrial estate.
While talking to Pakistan Today, Shakil Ramay, head of Climate Change Study
Center, SDPI, an NGO, said, “According to a five-year-old report of the World
Bank, Pakistan had been losing Rs 365 million per year owing to environment
degradation. So, in this context, instead of coming up with an integrated
approach to address this issue, we are going towards a disaster.”
“Without a strong system for implementation of rules and regulation of the
environment, we are inviting everyone to damage the environment for personal
interests,” he said. EPA Director General Asif Shujah said, “Due to the vacant
seat of the chairman, the Punjab tribunal is dysfunctional. So, definitely our
performance gets affected. Since the cases are pending with the tribunal, we
cannot take measures with decisions pending.”