From: T.V. Padma, SciDevNet, More from this Affiliate
Published July 3, 2012 09:31 AM

Pakistan unveils sustainable development strategy

Pakistan's new national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) boasts a 'green action agenda' and proposes to set up a knowledge management system that is based on science, technology and innovation.

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The strategy is expected to help steer the country — hit by a string of natural disasters that includes two devastating floods, three cyclones and an earthquake since 1999 — towards sustainable economic growth.

"Collectively leveraging knowledge and innovation would certainly deliver results for future sustainability," the strategy paper says.

The NSDS envisions knowledge management systems that support key economic, environmental and social goals through academic research and foster solution-driven innovation for policy, information gathering, and technology development.

Details are yet to be worked out, but the strategy is expected to attract support from donors and the private sector by being in sync with the United Nations millennium development goals and the proposed sustainable development goals

Pakistan's economic growth has slumped to 2.6 per cent in the past three years and the country is beset by large inefficiencies in the agriculture, energy and water sectors, putting stress on natural resources

High population growth, rapid urbanisation, weak enforcement of environment regulations, and rising numbers of internally displaced persons are among other challenges.

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