National Symposium on Biodiversity concludes in Pakistan

National Symposium on Biodiversity concludes
Staff Reporter
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Islamabad—The three day National Symposium on Biodiversity of Pakistan 2011 concluded here on Thursday. Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) organized the symposium with the support of WWF, Snow Leopard Trust and COMSATS to discuss the biodiversity issues and mark the International Biodiversity Decade as declared by the United Nations to create awareness on the importance of biodiversity upon which the survival of future generations depends. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali inaugurated the symposium on June 7.

During three day proceedings of the symposium, the biologists from across the country in different technical sessions headed by experts presented their research papers and discussed various biodiversity issues, threats and their remedies. Dr. Shahzad A. Mufti, Advisor COMSATS, was the chief guest at the concluding session of the symposium. Addressing the participants, he underlined the need to make concerted efforts and adopt a holistic approach for addressing the biodiversity issues.

He discussed different threats to the biological resources of the country and urged the biologists and all the stakeholders to join hands for protection of biodiversity. He also called upon the relevant departments to launch effective awareness campaigns to disseminate information on importance of the biodiversity. In the final session on Thursday the participants of the symposium presented their recommendations which would be included in the book “Biodiversity of Pakistan” Volume-II, said PMNH Director General Syed Azhar Hasan.

He said these recommendations would help make action plan to protect the biodiversity for our future generations. The DG said being focal organization of biodiversity research, PMNH with the support of PSF.

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