Sialkot Leather Zone to get environmental funding

Pakistan
Published:  23 May, 2014

The Global Environment Fund (GEF) has approved funding for $3.7 million for a ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation” project which would be implemented through water resource management in the Leather Industrial Zone in Sialkot.

GEF will be jointly supervised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Sialkot Tanners Association. The GEF has also announced the approval of a special US$ 3.7 million grant for the project, and pledged full cooperation and assistance by the UNIDO for enhancing the exports through mainstreaming climate change adaptation.

The GEF and UNIDO jointly organised an awareness workshop at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The representatives of UNIDO, government, non-profit organisations and the tanning community participated in the workshop.

The participants were told that the creation of the Sialkot Tannery Zone project was the result of a partnership between the public and the private sectors. Keeping in view the importance of the project and the fact that the private sector of Sialkot is the driving force behind the Tannery Zone, the Global Environment Fund has approved the funds for the establishment of a combined effluent treatment facility and other allied matters.

Ivan Kral, Industrial Development Officer for UNIDO, is the project manager of the GEF project. Kral and Esan Alqararah, UNIDO representative for Pakistan, sought co-funding from the government for this purpose during various meetings.

The participants were further told that the project aimed to ensure the integration of climate change adaptation considerations like water conservation, water treatment, flood management, introduction of CPC techniques/waste management techniques so that the Sialkot project could be a model in the country.

The project is in line with Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. It is expected to increase job opportunities and socio-economic uplift in the area.

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