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November 2, 2015

Agreement signed to establish think tank at FJWU


November 2, 2015

The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), in collaboration with Project Management Unit of 'PAKSTRAN,' signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) for the establishment of the Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change (CESTAC).
The LOA was signed by Ministry of Water and Power Additional Secretary Hasan Nasir Jamy and Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir. The centre would act as a climate change and environmentally sustainable transport think-tank, consulting, policy advisory and advocacy body in the country.
The CESTAC will also facilitate the project team on the objective of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption from transport sector with the technical assistance from the Faculty of Science & Technology (including Environmental Sciences) of FJWU at the university’s premises. Centre of Excellence is also to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to the policy-makers, planners, researchers and engineers by developing interactive web portal and establishment of database. This will achieve the objectives of environmental awareness raising, advocacy, knowledge management and sharing on climate change and environmentally sustainable transport. Also to address the transport and related problems in the country, the Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project (PAKSTRAN) is supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and is being implemented by Government of Pakistan.
On the occasion Dr. Saleem Janjua, an eminent subject expert and National Project Manager of PAKSTRAN Project informed that the centre of excellence through collaborative arrangements would assist in linkage building and networking by joint research and would carry out advanced national and international applied research, capacity building of relevant organisations.
Hassan Nasir Jamy, additional secretary at the Ministry of Water and Power and

national project director of the 'PAKSTRAN,' congratulated the project team and faculty of Fatima Jinnah Women University on this useful initiative.
In the end, Dr. Samina Amin Qadir appreciated the efforts of 'PAKSTRAN' project for engaging academia to achieve the sustainable development goals in the country. She expressed the wish to work further in collabora-
tion with Ministry of Water and Power, the implemen-
ting partner and Project
Management Unit of 'PAKS-TRAN' project.

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