AGENDA 21 CHAPTER 20: ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTES, INCLUDING PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC in Hazardous WASTES NATIONAL PRIORITY: STATUS REPORT: The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Traffic of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was ratified on 26 July, 1994. Additional Notes Pakistan`s industrialization has had an impact on the environment, especially since waste disposal is carried out without taking into account the treatment facilities necessary to maintain sustainability. Ecologically sound management of hazardous waste is one of the central themes of Pakistan`s national conservation strategy. The national environmental quality standard applies to the issue of waste management. In addition, Pakistan has banned the importation of hazardous waste under the Basel Convention. AGENDA 21 CHAPTER 34: TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGY, COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING Transfer of environmentally sound technology, cooperation and capacity-building is also covered in each sectorl chapter of Agenda 21. This summary focuses on broader national policies and measures related to Chapter 34. NATIONAL PRIORITY: STATUS REPORT ON LINKS BETWEEN NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION NETWORKS/SYSTEMS: Pakistan is participating in a project entitled “Technology Transfer for Sustainable Industrial Development” with the Swiss government. The project is managed by Pakistan`s Ministry of Environment, Urban Development, Forestry and Wildlife and implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Development Policy (SDPI). It revolves around two phases: the first focuses on the transfer of Swiss technology and investments to Pakistani companies. The second focuses on capacity building, such as the necessary legislation. B, training and training.
The Swiss government has allocated $1 million for the implementation of the second phase of the Pak-Swiss cooperation programme. SDPI has been supported by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation (NORAD), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) to improve technology transfer capabilities and know-how. The Environment and Urban Development Division and the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency received capacity building support through a World Bank-funded project on environmental protection and resource conservation. MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION: Pakistan is a member of the APO and also benefits from the facilities available through UNIDO, UNEP and UNDP.