UN-Habitat is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
Findings from Pakistan’s first Integrated Resource Recovery Center in Islamabad shared by UN-Habitat, UN-ESCAP, and Partners.
Wednesday, January 20th 2015, Islamabad: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change disseminated the Lessons Learnt of Pakistan’s first Integrated Resource Recovery Center (IRRC) located in Sector G-15 through a national level dissemination workshop.
The IRRC is a pilot project of UN-ESCAP and UN-Habitat which enables the city to turn waste into resources through composting, recycling, and bio-digestion while also creating employment opportunities.
Ms. Bella Evidente (Country Programme Manager, UN-Habitat Pakistan), Mr. Joao Aleluia and Mr. Rowan Fraser (UN-ESCAP), Mr. Latif Qureshi (General Secretary, JKCHS), and Ms. Sumaira Gul (AHKMT) spoke about the efficacy of the project.
While briefing the media, Mr. Lorenzo Santucci (Economic Affairs Officer, UN Escap) said, “Improving waste management is an urgent agenda in a fast-growing middle-income country like Pakistan. UN-ESCAP has been promoting the IRRC model across Asia-Pacific and it has proven an effective and affordable solution, especially in secondary cities and small towns. The pilot in sector G-15 in Islamabad shows that such solutions have a great potential in Pakistan as well”.
Ms. Evidente opined that, “The pilot IRRC at Sector G-15 showcases the collaborative efforts of the Government, UN-ESCAP and UN-Habitat, communities, civil society and academia. It has not only improved facilities for the collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of solid waste but has significantly contributed to the cost-effective, sustainable and climate-friendly management of solid waste and highlighted the potentials of turning waste into resources.”
Representing the private housing societies of Islamabad, Mr. Latif Qureshi commented that, “there are numerous social, economic, and environmental benefits of this project to the community of JKCHS. I would urge other private housing societies and the government to include it in their existing and upcoming development projects to ensure environment friendly solid waste management”.
Representatives from MOCC, Economic Affairs Division Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms, Unicef, UNIDO, UNDP, Arid Agriculture University, WSSP, NSUSC, Municipal Corporation Muzaffarabad, ADC Muzaffarabad, WASA Hyderabad, Gujranwala WMC, Rawalpindi WMC, HANDS, IUCN, and Local body elected representatives were also present at the event along with other notables from the private housing societies, development sector, and academia. The participants pledged their support by writing messages and signing on the Pledge Flex on display at the Workshop venue. The IRRC Lessons Learnt campaign was also a huge success on social media, reaching above 13 million impressions on Twitter and trending on 19and 20 January throughout Pakistan.
The IRRC receives 3 tons of municipal solid waste per day from surrounding local communities and nearby vegetable markets and produces compost and biogas. It is a pilot project that will test the feasibility of this model in Pakistan and its potential for replication to other sectors in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. In the medium term, the replication of this model to other cities of Pakistan is envisaged.
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