We, the Best Environment Lawyers | Top Law Firms Karachi Pakistan practice in Law since very beginning of 2000. The Environmental law encompassing aspects of the law that provide protection to the environment. A co-related but diverse set of regulatory managements, now strongly inclined by environmental legal principles, focus on the administration of specific natural resources, such as forests, minerals, or fisheries.
The technical aspects of Environmental Law including toxicology, epidemiology, hydrogeology, biology and engineering. Many of attorneys have formal technical training in the area of Environmental Science. In addition, we consult with Environmental Analysts-both in-house and outside the firm. The multidisciplinary resources of attorneys of the extended law team of the firm.
Knowledge of environmental statutes and regulations, an understanding of remedial technologies and years of litigating experience have prepared our environmental litigators to handle everything from making feasibility report of the project with focus on environmental concerns and safeguards as well as making of initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), dealing matters at the level of District Officer (Environment), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and if the proceedings so require, before the Environmental Protection Tribunal against the complaints filed within the purview of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997.
The following Laws, Rules and Regulations have been issued under the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997.
POLICIES & STRATEGIES
PROHIBITION OF IMPORT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE
The Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 requires that no person may import hazardous substances of which chemical activity is toxic, explosive, flammable, corrosive, radioactive, cause directly or in combination with other matters, an adverse environmental effect.
REGULATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE
Operation of a motor vehicle from which gaseous emission or noise exceeds the NEQS, or other standards established by Pak-EPA where ambient conditions so require, have been prohibited. To ensure compliance with the NEQS, the Pak-EPA has been empowered to direct that pollution control devices be installed in motor vehicles or fuels specified by Pak-EPA be used in them or specified maintenance or testing be carried out on them.
ESTABLISHMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRIBUNALS
The Government is empowered to constitute Environmental Tribunals to hear cases relating to Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997. The Federal Government has established four Environmental Tribunal one in each province.
DESIGNATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL MAGISTRATES
The Federal and Provincial governments have designated senior civil judges as Environmental Magistrates to take all contraventions punishable in respect of handling of hazardous substances and pollution caused by motor vehicles.
PENALTIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL MAGISTRATE
The Environmental Magistrate has been authorized to award compensation for losses or damage under Section 17(5).
DELEGATION OF POWERS TO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
Ministry of Environment, Local Government and Rural Development had delegated functions and powers of it and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency under Section 26 of the Act to the Provincial governments. The Provincial Governments have further delegated these powers and functions to Environmental Protection Agencies and also planning to sub-delegate selected powers to the local governments.
PAKISTAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) an attached Department of the Ministry of Environment responsible for enforcement of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 and its enabling rules and regulations. It also deals with public complaints and carries out research and investigation in different fields of environment. Being the technical arm of the Ministry of Environment, it prepares reports on different environmental issues and prepares national environmental policies for approval of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council.
The National Environment Policy provides an overarching framework for addressing the environmental issues facing- Pakistan, particularly pollution of fresh water bodies and coastal waters, air pollution, lack of proper waste management, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, desertification, natural disasters and climate change. It also gives directions for addressing the cross sectoral issues as well as the underlying causes of environmental degradation and meeting international obligations. The National Environment Policy, while recognizing the goals and objectives of the National Conservation Strategy, National Environmental Action Plan and other existing environment related national policies, strategies and action plans, provides broad guidelines to the Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Federally Administrated Territories and Local Governments for addressing environmental concerns and ensuring effective management of their environmental resources. The Provincial, AJK, Northern Areas and Local, Governments, however, may devise their own strategies, plans and programs in pursuit of this Policy.
The National Environment Policy aims to protect, conserve and restore Pakistan’s environment in order to improve the quality of life of the citizens through sustainable development.
OBJECTIVES OF THE POLICY