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 Capacity building Essential for Sustainable Urban Transportation in Pakistan

 
Karachi, January 06, 2014  
   

At trainings organized here today, by Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project (PAKSTRAN), experts stressed the need for building institutional capacities for the promotion of sustainable urban transport in Pakistan.

The training was organized for the PAKSTRAN implementing partners, representatives of Planning and Development Department, urban planners, academia, relevant partners and stakeholders, focusing on land use planning for design of sustainable transport systems.

Besides PAKSTRAN partners, the training was attended by eminent researchers in the field, representatives from provincial Transport and Planning and Development Departments, planners and practitioners.

Based on the identified capacity needs to promote urban transport in Pakistan, two inter-related training courses on Land use Planning for Sustainable Urban Transportation were organized under PAKSTRAN in collaborations with NED University for Engineering & Technology and the other at the Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). The objective of these trainings was to build the capacity of PAKSTRAN partners and key stakeholders to better plan and implement the sustainable urban transport interventions in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Arif Allauddin, Managing Director of the National Energy Conservation Centre (ENERCON), Ministry of Water and Power, said that “it is essential to link researchers with practitioners for translating research into action.” He appreciated the efforts being made by the provinces in promoting urban mobility in a more sustainable way. Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative of IUCN Pakistan, said that “improving transport sector in Pakistan has linkages with economic and social development and environmental improvements and all possible measures must be promoted to improve the urban transport activity in Pakistan.”

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, International Union for Conservation of Nature.

For further information, please contact:

George Sadiq
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
IUCN- Pakistan
Cell: 0301-29131184
Email: george.sadiq@iucn.org

   
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