World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan, Northern Areas, and Serena Hotels SEED (Social and Environmental Education Development) Programme, celebrated World Environment Day 2008, in Sost Gojal in collaboration with Ismaili Council for Gojal Bala, GRSO (Gojal Rural Support Organization), Open Ismaili Boy Scouts Association, Gojal Bala, Town Management Committee Sost (TMC), PTDC Motel Sost, Environmental Protection Agency Northern Areas (EPA, NAs), Programe for Mountain Area Conservation (PMAC) and KADO.
More than two hundred and fifty participants from the above mentioned organizations, school students from Khyber, Ghalapun, Gircha, Moorkhoon, Sost, Khudabad and Misgar, representatives of local administration, members of Khunjerab villages organization, SKIDO (Shahi Khyber Imamia Development Organization), Mohsin Industries Sost and Silk Route Dry Port Trust, participated in the event.
Considering the issue of solid waste as critical environmental issue in the Sost Market, WWF-Pakistan conducted a clean up campaign of Sost main market (I km area). The entire environmental day package consisted of three sessions, including the cleaning of the market area. The second session formally closed the cleanup campaign and was addressed by the chief guest, Deputy Superintendent of Pakistan Customs, Mr Zafar Baig. Representatives of various organizations also briefed the gathering about variuos enviornmental issues facing the region.
During the third session all the stakeholders assembled at a local hotel and discussed the means that can be used to ensure sustainable management of solid waste. It was concluded, towards the end, that a survey would be conducted to analyze the real picture and the findings of that survey would be used to develop relevant plans and strategies.