18 May 2011
Lahore: Dr. Saeed Elahi, Member Provincial Assembly and convener of the Sectoral Committee for Environment for PML-N and Syed Babar Ali, revered philanthropist and industrialist, awarded the prestigious Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award and Living Planet Awards in a ceremony held yesterday. The event was organised by WWF – Pakistan as part of the organisation’s commitment to rewarding excellence and innovation in conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development. Hundreds of people from all walks of life attended the awards ceremony
Syed Asad Ali Award for Nature Conservation was launched in 2000 to pay tribute to and commemorate the eminent conservationist, late Syed Asad Ali. Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award is aimed at recognizing the achievements of conservationists. Each year this award recognizes a selected individual who has made an exceptional contribution to nature conservation in Pakistan. This year, the recipient is Syed Yahya Shah from Gilgit Baltistan. He has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable utilisation of natural resources in his area of influence with great success.
The Living Planet Award is a symbol of recognition especially presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of nature conservation. Awarded to those who excelled in their WWF – Pakistan Small Grants Programme (SGP) projects, they have proved to be the forerunners of addressing particular environmental themes, hence protecting our natural capital. This award has drawn its inspiration from WWF’s panda logo that upholds its motto ‘for a living planet’.
One of the recipients of the award this year is Ali Ijaz, an NCA graduate whose SGP funded documentary ‘Missing Vultures’ has created waves the world over and has moved people to pay attention to the plight of this important species. Other recipients are Dr. Khalil and Ms. Nilofar from Department of Biological Sciences, Karakoram International University for their Project titled ‘Capacity Enhancement in Nature Conservation of Academic Institutions on Snow Leopard Distribution in Gilgit Baltistan and the Proper Ishkoman Development Organization (PIDO) for the Project undertaken for biodiversity conservation model project in Ishkoman valley and its replication in adjacent valleys of district Ghizer.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Elahi said, “I appreciate the support which WWF – Pakistan is extending towards nature conservation through supporting grassroots level community-led conservation and research initiatives. It is also a pleasant experience to see how the indigenous communities are committed for the conservation of their natural resources.”
Director General WWF – Pakistan, Ali Hasan Habib said, “the Awards are presented to celebrate untiring commitment to the conservation of nature and to let people know their struggle for innovation with regards to conservation and environment is not in vain.”
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.
About Small Grants Programme (SGP):
The Scientific Committee is an independent body comprising of eminent scientists of diverse backgrounds. The Chairman of the Scientific Committee is also a Board Member of WWF – Pakistan. The Scientific Committee disperses Rs. 3 Million annually to support smaller, local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and researchers to enhance nature conservation in Pakistan.
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