Pakistan at threshold of water scarcity  

The project aimed to implement international labour and environmental standards in Pakistan


Our Correspondent October 11, 2017
A child drinking water from the tap. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Pakistan was water stressed country and was nearing at the threshold of water scarcity.

This was stated by speakers during a media briefing session conducted by WWF-Pakistan under the project titled International Labour and Environmental Standards (ILES) Application in Pakistan’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at a local hotel on Tuesday. The six-year project was funded by the European Union, was jointly being implemented with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Lahore, Karachi, Sialkot and Faisalabad.

Water shortage predicted across Pakistan

The project aimed to implement international labour and environmental standards in Pakistan in order to improve the capacity of public sector to implement Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and national environmental laws and standards in Pakistan. The project involved building capacity of the textile and leather sector to adopt Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs) in order to efficiently use water and energy resources and reduce the use of hazardous chemicals by 15 to 20%.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2017.

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