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 PAKSTRAN-LUMS organize walk on ‘Better Transport, Let’s Breathe Fresh!’

 

Lahore, November 22 2014

 
   

Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), organized a walk and documentary screening, in Lahore today with a view to creating awareness of sustainable transport benefits amongst youth and students.

Participants of the event included representatives from the Ministry of Water and Power Government of Pakistan, the Urban Unit, IUCN, the International Union of Conservation and LUMS. Over 400 participants walked across the LUMS campus demanding clean air and the promotion of sustainable transport in the country. This walk was followed by a PAKSTRAN documentary. Both activities reflected the students’ enthusiasm and keen interest in sustainable transport.

Mr. Hasan Zaman, Communications Officer, PAKSTRAN, highlighted the need for sustainable transport in Pakistan and issues faced by the transport sector. He also explained the benefits of and the vital role that students and the youth could play in promoting sustainable urban transport.

Mr. Yar Mohammed Component Manager-CIU Government of Sindh, appreciated the efforts of IUCN and LUMS for creating awareness in youth about sustainable transportation.

Dr. Nauman Zaffar, Faculty electrical engineering briefed the participants about SARSABZ LUMS' environmental initiatives explaining why better transportation was critical in these times when Pakistan’s urban centers are clogged with surging traffic.

The PAKSTRAN Project is being implemented by the Government of Pakistan, through the Government of Sindh (Transport Department), Government of Punjab (Urban Unit, Planning and Development Department) and IUCN.

PAKSTRAN is supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is being implemented by Ministry of Communications, Government of Pakistan, through the Government of Sindh, Government of Punjab, and IUCN, with an objective ‘to reduce the growth of energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions from Pakistan’s transport sector, while simultaneously improving urban environmental conditions and improving Pakistan’s competitiveness’.

About PAKSTRAN
To address the transport and related problems in the country, the Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project (PAKSTRAN) is being implemented by Government of Pakistan.

The objective of the Project is ‘to reduce the growth of energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions from Pakistan’s transport sector, while simultaneously improving urban environmental conditions and improving Pakistan’s competitiveness’.

PAKSTRAN is supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is being implemented by Government of Pakistan.

The Implementing Partner is:
i. Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Water and Power.

The Responsible Parties are:
ii. Government of Punjab, through Urban Unit, Planning & Development Division (Component 1 of PAKSTRAN)
iii. Government of Sindh, through Transport Cell, Transport Department (Component 2 of PAKSTRAN)
iv. Planning Commission of Pakistan (partnership decision pending for Component 3)
v. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Pakistan (Component 4 of PAKSTRAN)


For further information or interviews, please contact:

Hasan Zaman
Communications Officer
Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project
IUCN- Pakistan
Cell: 0307-777-3802
Email: hasan.zaman@iucn.org

   
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