WWF-Pakistan and WCLA sign MoU to improve the quality of the urban environment in the Walled City of Lahore
Lahore, World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) and the Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) entered into an MoU to work together to enhance the quality of environment within the walled city of Lahore. The WCLA works to make the densely populated and highly congested locality of Lahore a liveable area while preserving its cultural and historic heritage. The memorandum was signed by Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan, and Kamran Lashari, Director General, WCLA.
The Walled City is a highly populated area and the cultural and business hub of the city. The MoU reaffirms WWF-Pakistan’s aim of overcoming common urban challenges while improving the use of resources and minimizing pollution. The collaboration will develop the Walled City into a sustainable and resilient locality.
Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General WWF-Pakistan said, “The forces driving growing urbanisation are strong but the expansion of urban areas also poses a serious challenge, generating problems which are increasingly affecting the proper functioning of cities and the well-being of their inhabitants. Our cities are struggling to address multiple challenges and there are a number of opportunities in the walled city of Lahore where WWF-Pakistan and WCLA can join forces to improve the overall environment.”
Kamran Lashari, Director General, WCLA also welcomed efforts and termed them highly important for the wellbeing of the people. He further showed interest in working with WWF-Pakistan to develop an effective strategy for waste management and enhancing the greenery.
Residents of the locality are exposed to chronic congestion, air and noise pollution and an increased vulnerability to numerous waterborne diseases. To address this issue, WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with WCLA has already installed two water filtration plants within under its project Increasing the Access and Supply of Safe Drinking Water in Lahore, funded by Coca Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL).
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