Islamabad - Sindh suffers from several environmental problems and challenges including air pollution, potable water contamination, domestic and industrial waste, marine pollution, municipal & industrial solid waste, hospital waste, industrial hazardous waste, noise pollution, land pollution, desertification, deforestation, agrochemicals, degradation of biodiversity, depletion of farming lands, sea intrusion, risks of oil spills at ports, exotic animals and birds being endangered etc.
These environmental problems province are, indeed, human-induced and created by rapid population growth and unplanned urbanization and influx of illegal immigrants –estimated to be more than 9 million in the province.
Shockingly, so far nothing has been done to address these environmental problems and challenges being faced which have put the health, economy, environment and lives at stake. The provincial environment department and its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seem to be in a deep slumber.
The federal and provincial government, the global community, and the INGOs must redouble all efforts aimed at overcoming the severe ecological challenges as inaction could be disastrous