The provincial governments have informed the federal government that they are not only taking measures to implement national policies and action plans prepared by devolved environment ministry but would also follow the agreements made with international agencies working for preservation of natural environment.
An official said the foreign donors have categorically conveyed to the federal government that there must be a wing or institution at the federal level that can help facilitate interaction and talks with provincial institutions for provision of funds and technical assistance.
He said there has been some kind of problems with regard to implementation of national policies at the provincial level but now the provincial governments are moving in the right direction to follow these policies in letter and spirit.
The official data showed that Pakistan has so far signed various Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) including Kyoto Protocol, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (NFCCC), Agreement for the Establishment of a Commission (LOCUST), Agreement on Aquaculture Centres in Asia, Basel Convention, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Convention on Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Paris 1972, International Plant Convention, Montreal-Protocol 1987, The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Vienna Convention for Protection of Ozone Layer 1985.
The official said functions related only to “ecology and environmental pollution” have been devolved in favour of the provinces and it is still responsibility of the federal government to deal with affairs regarding international environmental protocols.