21 April 2011
Lahore: United States Consul General Carmela Conroy visited WWF – Pakistan’s Vulture Conservation Center at Changa Manga to celebrate Earth Day. She was accompanied by Uzma Khan, Director Biodiversity and Sadduf Saleem, Conservation Officer from WWF – Pakistan.
The Consul General was briefed about the species conservation efforts being made by the organization and the environmental significance of vultures by Faisal Fareed, who is in charge of the Conservation Center. Ms. Conroy visited the aviary where about twenty rescued birds are housed. In the spirit of Earth Day 2011 theme, which is ‘A Billion Acts of Green’ and as a show of support for this enigmatic species, the Consul General also fed the birds. Later, she planted trees with US Consulate General and WWF – Pakistan staff members in the forest area to not only celebrate Earth Day, but also to celebrate the fact that 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations.
Ms. Conroy said, “I’m thrilled to see this wonderful project, and to learn about the efforts being made to protect Pakistan’s wildlife. We all share this earth, and I’m proud to represent my country in this beautiful land. I’m also happy to say that the US Consulate General’s public affairs team in Lahore is pledging to support WWF in Pakistan.”
This project is part of a regional conservation initiative to conserve the rapidly declining Gyps vulture species. Vultures are a ‘critically endangered’ carrion species that work as ‘nature’s cleaners’ by eating carcasses and performing an important function in the ecological chain. The project is being supported by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and the Hawk Conservancy Trust.
Speaking at the occasion, Uzma Khan said, ‘We are pleased that the Consul General visited the vulture conservation project site in Changa Manga forest. Her show of support will help in promoting a positive attitude towards the ecologically important and critically endangered species. Additionally, the pledge of support for Pakistan’s wildlife is a heartening and welcome step.”
About Earth Day: Find details at: http://www.earthday.org
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 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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