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Challenges and Strategies for effective Plastic Waste Management to improve Human Health

ISLAMABAD (August 4, 2021): Federal Minister for Science and Technology Senator Shibli Faraz stressed the need for constituting a regulatory authority to deal with the overall environmental issues with special focus on the monstrous threats being posed to environment and human health

PSF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) on 17th of September, 2013. Under this, PSF launched 3rd joint call between PSF & TUBITAK (21.09.2020 and 17.11.2020) on “Academia Industry Co-operation Call” with the aim of supporting joint research projects in the areas of application-oriented research and development. Thus, this call focuses on emerging areas of technologies. The call aims to enhance Public-Private Partnership in R&D projects by involving academia, research institutions, industrial companies and research end users with the aim to help both countries to become more energy efficient and sustainable in the following priority areas;

He was addressing a seminar on “Challenges and Strategies for Effective Plastic Management to Improve Human Health” here on Wednesday at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). The seminar was organized by PSF in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP, Global Water Challenge, Coca Cola Foundation and New World.

Country Director UNESCO Pakistan Ms. Patricia McPhillips, WWF Pakistan Senior Director Programmes Dr. Rabnawaz and Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, Prof. Dr. Shahid Mahmood Baig also addressed the function.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Senator Shibli Faraz has said that the government is tackling the environmental issues on priority and referred to his government’s initiatives of “billion tree tsunami’ and imposing ban on the use of plastic bags in the country.

Federal Minister said that the environmental degeneration has become a global issue and it is not specific to any country or region. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself was taking keen interest in bringing improvements in this area be it plantation of trees or proper and efficient management of garbage especially plastic waste.

Appreciating the contribution of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Senator Shibili Faraz said that his ministry was prepared to extend financial support to scientists and university students to come up with problem-solving research projects to bring positive changes in the overall socio-economic condition of common man.

Country Director UNSECO Pakistan Ms Patricia McPhillips said that plastic pollution is the most pressing issue and had acquired global dimension. She said that concerted and multi-pronged efforts were required to minimize its devastating effects.

She said, “Plastics have invaded our environment at an alarming rate. Not only are plastics a threat to local and global biodiversity, but micro-plastics have entered our food chain system,” adding, “we are now eating plastic, which is not a substance meant for human or animal digestion or consumption.”

Federal Minister for S&T Senator Shibli Faraz addressing the seminar on "Challenges and Strategies for Effective Plastic Management to Improve Human Health" at Pakistan Science Foundation on August 4, 2021.

UNESCO Country Director Ms. Patricia McPhillips addressing the seminar on "Challenges and Strategies for Effective Plastic Management to Improve Human Health" at Pakistan Science Foundation on August 4, 2021.

Federal Minister for S&T Senator Shibli Faraz hands over project award letter to a student at the seminar on "Challenges and Strategies for Effective Plastic Management to Improve Human Health" at Pakistan Science Foundation on August 4, 2021.

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