islamabad - Governor Punjab Chaudhary Sarwar has conferred Environmental Excellence Award 2014 on the Environmental Watch Trust (EWT), the first ever trust on environment in Pakistan. The Governor, who was the chief guest at the 11th annual environment excellence awards ceremony, lauded the efforts made towards sustainable development and environmental protection in Pakistan and Green Village Project of EWT. Patron-in-Chief EWT, Raja Javed Ali Bhatti, received the award.

The National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) recognized the Environmental Watch Trust for its contributions towards environmental excellence and provision of sustainable livelihood for rural women in Pakistan, at the 11th Annual Environment Excellence Awards.

The Annual Environment Excellence Awards (AEEA), which started in 2003, has become the “benchmark of standards for environment excellence” in Pakistan. These Awards recognize ‘AEEA Meritorious Performance Leaders’ who run organizations/projects that introduce best practices in environmental excellence.

Environmental Watch Trust (EWT), led by Shumaila Javed Bhatti as Chairperson, is a democratic organization and talks about the unheard voices of small organic farmers and also promotes dialogues for environment. EWT empowers the rural women to initiate activities for the protection of environment, and provide with a common platform for the present and future generations to bring together a team of environmentalists with or without a degree, to heal, restore and sustain the health of the earth.

The EWT is empowering women through 100 per cent environment friendly projects including development of leadership and capability of women organic farmers, women empowerment through ornamental fish farming in Green Village Sahal Khinger Gujar Khan.