KARACHI - UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and the funding of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is currently implementing the project titled "Sustainable Development of Utility Scale Wind Power Production", referred to as UNDP/GEF Wind Energy Project (WEP). The Phase I of this project, which is currently underway, has been designed to remove the existent policy and regulatory barriers and consequently create an enabling investment environment for commercial scale wind power projects in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that one of the main barriers to be removed in the activities of Phase I is the efficient clearance of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA's) studies for prospective wind power projects. WEP thus awarded the responsibility of conducting such a study for the Gharro Wind Corridor in Pakistan to a consortium of consulting firms constituted by Taller de Ingenierfa Ambiental SL, Eolic Partners- Spain and Halcrow Pakistan. The main objectives of the assignment are to provide a mechanism that will improve the efficiency of approvals for wind project EIAs and to provide a strategy that will assist environmental regulatory agencies in the sustained enforcement of EIA submissions, environmental monitoring plans and mitigation actions. The effect of efficient clearance of wind energy EIAs will have a two-fold consequence; It will assist the Environment & Alternative Energy Department (EAED) and the Environment Protection Agencies (EPAs) towards stronger compliance of environmental rules and regulations in Pakistan and meeting their goals of environmental protection; and it will increase investors confidence notably for lending institutions who will have a thorough document identifying all risks, mitigating actions and monitoring plans to an international standard. An inception workshop was organised in May 2008 in Karachi, to enlighten the relevant stakeholders on the purpose that this project seeks to fulfil and what its projected outcomes are. The consortium has successfully completed the study which gives the relevant regulatory agencies such as the federal and regional environment projection agencies policy guidelines upon which they can assess the environmental impact of Wind Energy projects in the stipulated region. A 3-day training workshop was organised on the 18th to 20th of November, 2008; in order to explain the outcomes of this study to the stakeholders and to educate them how to make best use of the guidelines given in the study. This workshop was attended by various high ranking officials from public/private sector including federal secretaries of relevant ministries, representatives from UNDP, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, CEO-AEDB, Government sector organizations including Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak EPA), Wind Power Investors. The event also had representation from various educational institutions which are relevant to the scope of this project.