Ziarat, 22 May 2010: IUCN Pakistan, Ziarat Office celebrated International Biodiversity Day in collaboration with the local schools on 22 May 2010. More than 160 students and teachers from Al-Hijrah Resident School, Tameer-e-Nau School, Al-Hamd Model Secondary School and Rahbar Model Secondary School participated in a ‘Biodiversity Day Walk’ which started from Al-Hijra Resident School and finished at Quaid’s Residency.
Later to mark the day a ‘Cleaning the Environment Competition’ was also held at the ‘Prospects Point’ a local tourist spot. The participating students collected 70 bags of litter from the area weighing more than 800 kilograms containing mostly the plastic litter. A student from Tameer-e-Nau Model Public School, Ziarat secured the first position by collecting the most garbage. The second and third positions were secured by the students from Al-Hijrah Resident School, Ziarat. The certificates of appreciation were also distributed amongst the winners and participating schools at the closing of the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ghulam Qadir Shah, Manager, IUCN Pakistan Juniper Conservation Project, Ziarat highlighted the importance of the day. He stressed that our individual roles can make a difference in maintaining our biodiversity, resources and sustainable environment. He praised effort of the students and their teachers in making the events a success and hoped that these events would be helpful in creating awareness amongst the masses to maintain a clean environment and would encourage them to dispose of their litter in an environmentally responsible manner. He encouraged the participating students to act as environmental ambassadors in spreading the message of biodiversity conservation and maintaining a healthy environment in their respective areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Khair Muahmmad, a teacher of Al-Hijrah Resident School, Ziarat gave a religious account of maintaining a clean and healthy environment by quoting examples from Hadiths. He emphasized upon the negative impacts of pollution on the environment and praised IUCN’s efforts in creating environmental awareness amongst the masses. The group representatives from all the participating schools also spoke on this occasion. They pledged for playing positive roles in motivating others towards nature conservation and creating a healthy environment in their areas. The others who were present on this occasion included: Mr. Tariq, Vice Principal and Mr. Ubaidullah from Al-Hijrah School and Mr. Mujeeb Irfan, Principal, Tameer-e-Nau School, Ziarat.
The year 2010 has been declared as the International Year of Biodiversity, to improve understanding of the need for biodiversity conservation and boost collective action. Promoting a message, Biodiversity is life, Biodiversity is our life, the year is being celebrated through numerous global events, actions and initiatives. The theme for this year’s International Day of Biodiversity is ‘Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation’, keeping in mind the crucial role of biodiversity for human wellbeing.
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IUCN Pakistan is part of the IUCN’s Asia Regional Programme based in Bangkok, Thailand. Established in 1985 to assist in the preparation of Pakistan’s National Conservation Strategy, IUCN Pakistan has grown to become the largest country programme of IUCN. Together with its partners and members, it is implementing several conservation initiatives across the country through institutional strengthening, policy advocacy and field work. Currently there are 27 active members of IUCN in Pakistan, including the Government of Pakistan as the state member, six government agencies and 20 NGOs. Over 100 volunteers from Pakistan work in IUCN’s six specialised commissions.