While industrialization remains integral to the growth and development of the economy, there is a growing consensus globally that unbridled and irresponsible production (and consumption) can be detrimental to the sustainable development agenda. It is imperative, therefore, that the direct and indirect costs, such as health and environmental costs, be factored into any discourse on the contribution of industrial sector in economic growth.
In a report commissioned by WWF-Pakistan, Junaid Ahmed Noor @noorjunaid12 and Hamza Ijaz, Director M&E and Director Research at Musawi respectively, joined hands with UNDP Pakistan's Ali Zafar @alizafarpak to look at the health costs associated with the leather and textile industry in Pakistan. Textile and Leather Industry contribute approximately 67% of Pakistan's total exports; however, the report reveals that even by most conservative estimates, environmental non-compliance of these sectors leads to health costs upward of $5 billion annually in terms of treatment costs and economic losses due to Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYS). The complete report can be accessed at
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