Experts highlight need for improved linkages between academia and coastal communities

Posted on March, 21 2023

Karachi, 21 March 2023:  WWF-Pakistan, in partnership with Engro Foundation, hosted a seminar to highlight the need for greater collaboration between research organizations and academia. The seminar enabled participants to understand the importance of the socio-economic uplifting of the fishermen communities that reside along the coastal areas of Pakistan. 

The seminar titled ‘Improving Linkages between Academia/Research Organizations and Coastal Communities’ was attended by scientists from the Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology and Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Karachi; Faculty of Marine Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Jinnah University for Women and Small and Medium Enterprises Authority. Speaking on the occasion, Ghazi Salahuddin, Director (Sindh and Balochistan) WWF-Pakistan, welcomed participants and highlighted WWF-Pakistan’s role as a research-based conservation organization that continues to work closely with the academia and research organizations and seeks to benefit from their findings in the implementation of various initiatives. Altaf Sheikh, Senior Manager WWF-Pakistan, outlined various activities being undertaken by WWF-Pakistan in partnership with Engro Foundation for improving the living conditions of the coastal communities. Muhammad Moazzam Khan, Technical Advisor, WWF-Pakistan while stressing the need for research on the challenges faced by the fishermen communities, pointed out various initiatives that have been implemented for the improvement of the said sector based on research conducted by scientists and academicians in Pakistan.

A total of 12 scientific papers were presented by the participants.
Experts during the workshop in a local hotel at Karachi
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