Sunday, December 25, 2011

WWF-Pak launches ‘Saving Wetlands Sky High’ project

DIAMER: The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Pakistan has launched the third phase of a three-year long project in Gilgit named Saving Wetlands Sky High, with cooperation of the Government of Netherlands.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Member Legislative Assembly Deedar Ali said that Gilgit-Baltistan was blessed with immense treasure of natural resources including wetlands and it was in our best interest to wisely manage them. He appreciated the efforts of WWF-Pakistan and expressed hope that the project would prove to be a milestone in natural resource management of the region.

Conservation manager, Muhammad Zafar Khan, WWF-Pak Skardu, said at the occasion that WWF-Pakistan had always worked in close partnership with all stakeholders and this event was a step forward to ensure collective development effort of institutions in the region. Project coordinator, Naseer Ahmed, briefed that there were number of high altitude wetlands, especially lakes, in GB. Different line departments, NGOs and CBOs also participated in the cermony.

A pictorial presentation about high altitude lakes of Pakistan and a documentary on Birds of Pakistan were also a part of the program. WWF in its efforts to enhance awareness among youth on environmental issues on Monday inaugurated colour coded dustbins at their pioneer Green School- Beaconhouse School System.

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