Afghanistan legal and Environmental Studies Organization (ALESO) lunched an opening ceremony of First Environmental Activist Club with cooperation of National Environmental Protection Agency, Kabul University, UCAC International , BNW design, and Bahar Sabz Association on Thursday, 11th of April.
First of all, the two young and talented announcers Mr. Amir Arsalan Khurasanpoor and Miss Sharifa Safari welcomed the honorable governmental and well known guests from Parliament, National Environmental Protection Agency ( Kabul Directorate), Kabul University, Marshal Fahim National Defense University, and State Office for Disaster Management and as well as some non-governmental representatives from ACSFo, UCAC International, BNW design and bawar Sabz Association and other guests and all participants of the club.
Our ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Qari Amina Safari, and the anthem of our beloved country (Afghanistan) has been played by technical team.
In the Inauguration ceremony many national and academic persons spoke about the importance of the Club. At the beginning, Mr. Aramuddin Timory the founder and President of Afghanistan Legal and Environmental Studies Organization, briefly talked about current International Environmental challenges more focusing about our country like, rapid population growth, dramatic changes in production and consumption patterns, and massive rural to urban migration have all contributed to environmental degradation. He added, Unless degradation is arrested, the growth rates necessary to reduce poverty will not be sustained and the millennium development goals will not be achieved. Additionally, he talked about the objectives of the club and the reason why it is important to have the First Environmental Activist Club in Afghanistan.
Soon after him, Mr. Aziz Rafehi the President and CEO of ACSFo have talked about the urgent need of protecting environment and he pointed out that he was really impressed by this club and the objectives that ALESO is following. After that, Mrs. Salima Naikbeen the representative of people from Kabul in Parliament have had a great speech about the impact of the club for having a good environment and the impacts of public awareness about environment. She also added, environmental laws are not always regarded as useful or effective by decision makers in the field of resource management and international economic aid. Furthermore, she said that, the primary problem with environmental legislation is not the great variety of human or natural resources systems. In most jurisdictions, the major constraints are conceptual and structural. Environmental law should not be understood as just another new system of rules and agencies. Rather, it must be viewed as part of Eco management- a compressive process of resource management, informed by ecosystem knowledge, and progressively integrated with economic development planning. This conception of environmental law provides a general reference model for drafting and implementation legislation. After great and academic speech of Mrs. Salima Naikbien, Professor Hashmat Waijdani from Marshal Fahim National Defense University talked about effects of war on environment. He added, the link between militarism and environment, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, land and resource use, and activist responses. He said military funding is, at present, higher than ever before, and the activist are concerned about the implication for greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
After scientific speeches of Mr. Wajdani, Mr. Reza Akbari and Ahlam Alimpoor talked on behalf of Kabul Directorate Environmental Agency. They really appreciated the club and promised that they will have a very long cooperation with ALESO. They talked about their recent achievements and have asked from all Kabul residents to work and assist the agency for having a great environment.
They also, said that the principle goal of environmental policies is to improve environmental outcomes, driven by the pursuit objectives of broader wellbeing and ensuring sustainable growth.
Then, Mr. Esmatullah Haidari Ecosystem specialist talked about the ecology and ecosystem of Afghanistan and promised that he will be going to cover at least one session of this club in upcoming weeks. After him, Mr. Abdul Ghafar Nazari young leader and civil activist said we have peace activist, human rights activist and many more, but we had not had Environmental Activist and this club will at least initiate this free space. Another young specialist at State office for Disaster Management Mr. Zabiullah Siwash talked that how climate change, greenhouses gas emission will increase the number of natural disaster. Mr. Jawid Nawid Master of Public International Law and specialist talked about International and regional conventions, treaties and protocols of environmental law and at the end, Miss Angela Ahmadi the founder and