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Published Date: Jan 20, 1994
NGOs and the Environmental Situation (W-18)
Safiya Aftab, SDPI
This paper looks at the development of NGOs dealing with environmental issues in Pakistan and briefly reviews their activities. NGOs are uniquely placed to deal with environmental concerns as they tend to work at the grassroots level, and are therefore in a position to initiate or suggest behavioural changes in communities. NGOs with environment related programs are classified into two categories, those running environmental programs as part of a broader participatory development program, and those involved exclusively with environmental issues. The latter have been mainly concerned with awareness raising campaigns and advocacy. The author concludes that the mantle of activism in the field of environment seems to have fallen on the development NGOs, which is not surprising in view of the strong development-environment nexus in the country.