In partnership with the Government of Pakistan and the financial assistance of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has initiated a National Impact Assessment Programme (NIAP) that aims to contribute to sustainable development in Pakistan through strengthening the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and introducing Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in national development planning. The Programme has four implementation partners: Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak EPA) and Planning and Development Wing (P&D Wing) of the Ministry of Environment (MoE), Planning Commission of Pakistan (PC), and IUCN Pakistan. Additionally, the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) would have an advisory role in the Programme and will provide technical backstopping on need basis. The total duration of the Programme is four and a half years with an inception period of one year and implementation period of three and a half years.

The Programme is to be governed by a Programme Advisory Committee (PAC), constituted in consultation with the implementation partners. PAC will oversee, guide and advise on Programme activities, and monitor its progress and performance. The Member (Infrastructure and Environment), PC, will chair the PAC while the Secretary for Environment, MoE will be the co-chair of PAC. The Terms of Reference of the PAC have been developed and approved by the implementation partners.

On 3 March 2010, the Planning Commission of Pakistan notified the PAC under the Chairmanship of Member (Infrastructure) Planning Commission. The Secretary, Ministry of Environment is the co-chair of PAC.

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12 March 2010