15 April 2011
Lahore: WWF – Pakistan and SUPARCO have signed an agreement to collaborate on empowering the Geographic Information System (GIS) for supporting research activities aimed at conserving and protecting environmental resources of Pakistan. The agreement was signed by Director General WWF – Paksitan Mr. Ali Hassan Habib and Secretary SUPARCO Mr. Arshad H. Siraj.
With increasing population and urbanization, Pakistan’s unique biodiversity is receding every day. Mangrove trees are being cut at an alarming rate, Indus dolphins are threatened, freshwater turtles are exported to other countries, wetlands are endangered by locals, and housing schemes are made on agricultural land. Hence amongst this frenzy there is a need to work together to conserve the resources. In this regard, Geographic Information System is used to collect data on species found in Pakistan in order to facilitate the conservation activities within WWF - Pakistan and to support such activities taking place at other organizations, through sharing of this information.
This partnership will not only enable WWF –P and SUPARCO to carry out joint ventures, but they will also share research data, results, publications and other relevant information. Both organizations will exchange skill knowledge in their respective areas of expertise. Overall this partnership will accomplish conservation, protection and restoration of endemic biological resources of our country.
Sharing his views on the agreement, Mr. Ali Hassan Habib said, ‘Pakistan is blessed with ecosystems which support biodiversity exclusive to Pakistan. The only way we can save this national treasure is by mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise and this is what we are hoping to attain through this agreement’.
WWF – Pakistan and SUPARCO has also recently completed a joint initiative of satellite image based ecological flood damage assessment of highly priority ecological areas of Sindh. Mr. Ali Habib appreciated the support of Mr. Imran Iqbal, Member SUPARCO towards satellite image based research in conserving Natural Resources.
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.
For further information
Nuzhat Saadia Siddiqi
Coordinator, Press & Media Relations
0305 471 5120