- Thursday | 22 Nov, 2018
- Abid Qaiyum Suleri
- Contributed Chapter Series
Established under the National Conservation Strategy (NCS) 1992, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) pivoted its activities around environmental issuesin its nascent period. The foresight of its founders is visible from the fact that they started talking of 'sustainable development' in the country two decades earlier than the formal introduction of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pakistan.
In the beginning, SDPI's research programme featured sustainable agriculture and forestry, energy and environmental conservation, population, gender and other areas which helped in the accomplishment of NCS. Initiating or becoming a party to public interest litigations was how SDPI engaged itself with the society in its beginning phase. In addition, SDPI also started building a cadre of people who could help in delivering on the NCS through Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that funded Pakistan Environment Program.