Pakistan needs to address environmental issues seriously, said an expert panel on technology foresight in the environment sector during a national-level meeting on Friday, according to a press release.
The panel, headed by National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) included leading Environment Experts from research and development organisations, universities, provincial environmental protection agencies and non-governmental organisations.
The panel discussed environmental issues including solid waste management, industrial pollution, food chain contamination, biodiversity, forestation and urbanisation.
The experts agreed that there is a need to create the awareness about environmental issues among the masses. Likewise, political parties need to be sensitised about environmental hazards to society and the globe and the parties should have a common agenda on the environment.
The panel recommended the use of biodegradable bags which are now being made in Pakistan.
The participants pointed out that certain industries in Islamabad have introduced anti-pollution devices which are believed to significantly reduce pollution.
They also stressed on the need to make better laws for environment conservation, saying that strict standards and quality control should be insured for food items.
The event was organised by Pakistan Council for Science & Technology under the Pakistan Technology Board’s Technology Foresight Project.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2012.
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