IoU initiates students, experts mobilisation GUD Programme at QAU.

ISLAMABAD -- The Institute of Urbanism (IoU) on Wednesday initiated its Green Urban Development (GUD) programme with a special focus on the life cycle approach to sustainable Urban Development through capacity enhancement and fostering partnership among multi-stakeholders including the public sector, youth, policymakers and media.

The focused group discussion and awareness sessions were organized for students and subject experts of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU).

Head of Department, Environmental Sciences Department of QAU, Dr Sohail Rana, introduced the audience to the agenda of the session and welcomed the guests, said a news release issued here on Wednesday.

Dr Rana said that the sessions were aimed to encourage students and experts to have an understanding of the GUD program and related activities.

Managing Director (MD) of the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF), Maryam Irfan briefed the audience that GUD was a joint initiative of the Institute of Urbanism (IoU) and the SoLF with the financial support of the US Embassy.

She shared, "The programme has three key thematic areas; water conservation, green infrastructure and waste management in the urban developed landscape. The program is divided into two phases; research on the urban development landscape, and establishment of a platform for building capacity and facilitating synergies among relevant stakeholders."

While explaining the segments of GUD program, Maryam said that it has two segments; Green Urban Development School (GUDS) and Urban Co-Creation Hub (UCCH). At GUDS, knowledge of young people is being enhanced through action research and incubation of green ideas to business case...

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