Lahore: Pakistan’s foremost environmental organization, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IHB) are partnering to research and strengthen professional expertise for the conservation of the endangered Indus River Dolphin. An agreement was signed for this purpose here on Thursday.
The five year partnership plan will include extensive trainings of selected biologists from the Government of Pakistan, academia, WWF – Pakistan in advance research techniques by IHB. Mutually agreed fields such as radiotracking, acoustics, tissue sample analysis, water quality and analysis, and population surveys will be the focus of this partnership and trainings. Furthermore, exposure trips between IHB and WWF – Pakistan will also be organized with regards to the endangered species that is found exclusively in the country. Leading Chinese scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences will also visit Pakistan to support this endeavour, and young Pakistani biologists will get a chance to train at Institute of Hydrobiology in Wuhan, China.
Speaking at the occasion, Uzma Khan, WWF – Pakistan’s Director Biodiversity, said, “this partnership will train a new generation of biologists that we need to ensure conservation of the Indus Dolphin. It’s one of the four freshwater dolphin species in the world and it is a national treasure that international biologists and scientists want to understand better to ensure its long term survival. With the Chinese Academy of Sciences, we will be able to implement better conservation strategies with more effective outcomes.”
Professor Wang Ding of the IHB will be the focal person from Chinese Academy of Sciences and has extensive experience of working with Yangtze River and Finless Porpoise in China. The Institute has state of the art research facilities. He expressed his enthusiasm and commitment to the conservation and training plan discussed in the agreement. This agreement is an outcome of the Indus Dolphin Strategy workshop held earlier this year in Pakistan.
About WWF - Pakistan
World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan was formed in 1970 to address the growing environmental and conservation issues in Pakistan that not only affected the flora and fauna, but were also affecting the human population. WWF – Pakistan is a non-profit organisation, working to preserve, conserve and save our environment and natural resources. Today, WWF - Pakistan works through 31 offices with a team of approximately 340 dedicated staff members. We have our Head Office in Lahore, regional offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Quetta, and project offices wherever there is need and the potential to make a difference.
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