Karachi: IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with Shaheed-e-Millat Government College for Women organised the World Wetlands Day 2011 at the auditorium of the college. The slogan for the year is: “Wetlands and Forests”.
The event was attended by more than 250 female students of Biology Department. Mr. Rafi-ul-Haq National Coordinator, Mangroves for the Future (MFF), shared chronology of the Ramsar Convention and the significance of the World Wetlands Day, while Prof. M. Wajahat Ali Khan of Shaheed-e-Millat talked about the importance of the wetlands in relation to the International Year of the Forests (IYF). Prof. Khan’s presentation focused on the pilot project completed in District Badin for the introduction of saline resistant plants for the restoration of lands of Badin that were rendered barren due to sea water intrusion.
Presentations were also made by six selected students as a part of a competition related to wetlands’ theme of the year. All the participating students in the competition were awarded certificates.
The head of the jury Prof. Sadrudin Hussain (ex Principal Adamjee Science College Karachi) announced the names of three best presenters i.e. Ms. Maryam, Ms. Sundus and Ms. Zainab. The winners will be given the certificate of merit on the annual day of the college. Prof. Ishrat Iqbal, principal of the Shaheed-e-Millat Government College for Women appreciated efforts of IUCN for the conservation of environment. She said that the educational institutions can play vital role in spreading the message of conservation. She thanked IUCN and its initiatives particularly SCCDP (Sindh Coastal Community Development Project) and MFF- Pakistan for helping in organizing a successful event.