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Establishing Quetta Clean Air Coordination Committee
Institutionalizing Air Quality Management (AQM), by streamlining the activities of relevant stakeholders to improve air quality in Quetta District. By Muhammad Aqib Uddin, Country Network Coordinator, Pakistan Clean Air Network

It has become increasingly evident that there can be no development without human development, which is reflected in part by the state of the environment. Countries are increasingly measuring their wellbeing against environmental indictors, such as carbon stocks and intensity, traffic and pollution (e.g. contribution to CO2 emissions).

Stakeholders’ meeting to constitute QCACC, chaired by Mr. Munir Ahmad Badini, Secretary Environment, Govt. of Balochistan (April 1, 2009)

Pakistan has been taking keen interest in sustainable development, through maintaining momentum for collaborative endeavors geared towards environmental governance and protection. Public and private sector, as well as civil society organizations, are making efforts to address the growing concern of climate change, such as through effective mitigation and adaptation strategies, including controlling air pollution largely emanating from urban cities. Mitigation measures, in particular, bring multiple ‘co-benefits’, including:

  • Reduced GHG emissions and air pollution
  • Reduced energy use
  • Improved public health
  • Reduced traffic congestion and road safety
  • Reduced mitigation costs

A programme, titled ‘Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development (BPSD)’ has been initiated by IUCN Pakistan, with the aim to promote sound environmental governance at the district level through visioning, planning and implementation; integrate water, coastal and marine resource management; and enhance capacity of the relevant stakeholders to support sustainable development in Balochistan. The six-year programme is being implemented in selected districts in Balochistan province, Pakistan. As part of its activities, BPSD includes several projects linked to addressing climate change through better AQM. One of these includes the formation of Quetta Clean Air Coordination Committee (QCACC), under the supervision of the provincial environment department, with representation from all relevant sectors. The Committee will work towards better quality through developing an air strategy, monitoring air quality and controlling carbon emissions.

Mr. Munir Ahmad Badini, Secretary Environment, Govt. of Balochistan, visiting newly established GIS laboratory in IUCN - Balochistan Programme Office (April 1, 2009)

A similar Committee already existed in Sindh province and has been instrumental in its role of assisting city district government of Karachi for better air quality. Hence, institutionalization of the issue, coupled with integrated sustainable mass transit commute system can translate into a success story for Pakistan.

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