MoCC raises frown on IWTDC project

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Punjab government initiative of Inland Water Transport Development Company (IWTDC) has faced rebuttal from Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC); the Global Climate Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) which is research wing of the ministry has marked observations that the project could have diverse impacts on aquatic ecosystem if necessary protocols are not ensured and safeguards were not placed in the site.

The GCISC also highlighted that the project has to be in compliance with the flood plain management recommendations of Ramsar Advisory Mission for Pakistan, as Pakistan is a signatory of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

It is also noteworthy that the project has not yet fulfilled the mandatory requirements such as environmental impact assessment.

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