The Environment Protection Department of Government of Balochistan plays an important role in improving the plight of common man and bringing about a perceptible change within the society by minimizing and eliminating adverse environmental effects of effluents being discharged from industrial activity, wastes of all kinds and pollution detrimental to public health, safety and welfare. The Department enforces qualitative and quantitative standards for discharge of effluents, waste, air pollutants or noise either for the general applicability or for a particular area or from a particular source in the form of National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) and other standards established under the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 and any rules and regulations framed there under. The department functions under the provisions of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997.
Service and Functions
- Undertake vulnerability and risk analysis for environmental hazards and resources
- Coordinate with PDMA and jointly identify appropriate actions for reducing vulnerability of hazards
- Administer laws, rules and regulations relating to the environment within the province.
- Evaluate Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of new projects and issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs).
- Provide information and create awareness in public for environmental issues.
- Enforce National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) to control pollution.
- Establish systems for surveys, surveillance and monitoring of the pollutants and maintain laboratory for testing and monitoring.
- Take measures to promote sustainable development and provide information on environment friendly technology.
- Incorporate Natural Disaster Risk Assessment in the Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines;
- Develop technical capacities of the staff of department to undertake disaster risk assessment and disaster risk reduction activities in the environment sector;
- Undertake assessment of vulnerability of natural resources (forest, lakes, streams, mangroves, coral reefs, protected areas, coastal areas) to natural and human induced hazards;
- Implement programmes for conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources in order to reduce risks of natural hazards; e.g. reforestation, mangrove plantation, combating desertification, conservation of special natural resources; e.g. wetlands, lakes, reefs, mangroves, and coastal areas;
- Allocate resources for implementation of programmes to conserve and rehabilitate the natural resource base, particularly in up-stream
- areas of rivers