At a consultative workshop organized here by IUCN’s in its Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project, experts deliberated on the need for capacity development amongst stakeholders and on a capacity development plan as a first step.
The workshop was attended by PAKSTRAN implementing partners, representatives from development community and relevant partners and stakeholders, focusing on the need for capacity development of sustainable urban transport systems in the Country. PAKSTRAN’s objective 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’. IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is an implementing partner responsible for the implementation of Component 4 of PAKSTRAN to increase public awareness and institutional capacity on sustainable transport concepts. 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. The objective of this consultative workshop was also to elicit feedback from wider stakeholders to enhance the capacities to better plan and implement the sustainable urban transport interventions in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mohammad Saleem Janjua, National Project Manager, PAKSTRAN, stressed that it was 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. Fazal Karim Khatri, Director General, Karachi Mass Transit said that the promotion of sustainability concepts was a must to address the increasing urban transport problems in the country. Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative of IUCN Pakistan, said that the 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. He added: Our focus is on demonstrating international best practices planning and implementation of integrated urban transport systems; and raising public awareness and knowledge of issues in sustainable urban transport and fuel-efficient transport in Pakistan. Mr. Amanullah Khan, Assistant Country Director, UNDP appreciated the efforts of all concerned stakeholders and partners and was of the view that if a country’s transport issues were resolved, significant relief could be provided to citizens. For further information or interviews, please contact: Hasan Zaman Communications Officer Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project IUCN - Pakistan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: www.pakstran.pk