Islamabad, July 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will further expand their areas of cooperation for conservation of bio-diversity, it was decided in a meeting between Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mr. Zahid Hamid and IUCN Regional Director Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji on Wednesday.
The IUCN Regional Director called on the Federal Minister at his office and discussed various matters of mutual interest for conservation of Nature in Pakistan. Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) Secretary Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, IUCN Pakistan Country Representative Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema and Pakistan Museum of Natural History’s (PMNH) Director of Zoological Sciences Dr. Muhammad Rafiq also attended the meeting.
The matters pertaining to development of Red List of endangered species in Pakistan, taping capacity of scientists in terms of Red List development, Balochistan Juniper Forest Biodiversity Reserve, species management development plan, capacity building of zoologists and botanists and Pakistan’s representation in IUCN commissions etc came under discussion. Ms. Kabraji pointed out that Pakistan is very under-represented in IUCN Commissions and stressed the need for having at least one member from Pakistan in each commission. The Minister assigned this task to PMNH, a subsidiary of PSF, being focal point in Pakistan of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme.
The Minister asked IUCN for assistance in setting up a need-based research incubator in Karachi. The IUCN Regional Director assured of her cooperation and facilitation in this regard by the Union. Small projects like shrimp, crab, honey and Aloe Vera farming through community NGOs also came under discussion and S and T Secretary said that National Institute of Oceanography will be encouraged to do this and assist the community NGOs. The issue of mangrove forests cutting and increasing threats to biodiversity from the pollution and ways and means for their solution were also discussed.
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