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Wildlife conservation topmost priority

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ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam here today said that wildlife conservation was the topmost priority of the incumbent government as it would enhance tourism in the country.
He made these remarks in a meeting with Director Snow Leopard Foundation Dr. Ali Nawaz and Chairman Islamabad Wildlife Management Board Dr. Anis ur Rehman said a statement.
He reiterated that Prime Minister Imran Khan took a keen interest in environmental and wildlife protection and tourism promotion and he [Prime Minister] directed to formulate “Tourism Policy”.
He added that northern areas of Pakistan have been endowed with endangered species that includes Deosai Black Snow Bears, Snow Leopard, Ibex, adding Snow Leopard Foundation’s contribution in conservation, protection of wildlife and operation against illegal hunting and trade were laudable.
Malik Amin Aslam said that the establishment of a Leopard safari park in Pakistan would not only boost economy and tourism but also increase wildlife and Pakistan’s image at an international forum.
Snow Leopard Foundation Director Dr. Ali Nawaz mentioned that two hundred snow leopards were recorded and regularly vaccinated against epidemic diseases and protected from illegal hunting.
Islamabad Wildlife Management Board Chairman Dr. Anees ur Rehman elaborated the Board’s operation in protecting Margalla Hills trees, campaigns, fire preventive measure public awareness seminars, anti-encroachment operation.
Malik Amin Aslam assured his maximum assistance in their efforts of environmental protection, it added.

 

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WWF implementing SMART with IWMB

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ISLAMABAD: WWF-Pakistan with Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) are implementing Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for eliminating poaching and illegal wildlife trade in the country.
WWF Manager Conservation Muhammad Waseem said SMART patrolling system was based on wildlife monitoring and conservation systems in the selected Protected  Areas (PAs) of the country for snow leopard preservation in Gilgit-Baltistan and overall wildlife species in Margalla National Park, he added.
He said the software was completely a modern technology based accessible both on Android smartphones and personal computers having Global Positioning System (GPS), pictures and various other features that would help wildlife conservators and national park managers to handle patrolling and monitoring of vast areas under their control.
He said WWF was providing technical assistance to IWMB and research students of various universities making a study on various wildlife management species.
To a question, he said WWF Pakistan had successfully controlled the illegal trafficking of  Pangolins from the country where the species was threatened to get extinct.
The WWF had made extensive efforts for the capacity building of the Customs department and regional wildlife departments to control the unlawful smuggling of Pangolins who were significantly important for the agricultural produces of the country.
He added that WWF-Pakistan was also working on watershed projects in Ayubia and  Khanpur Dam locations whereas the project was proceeding at a satisfactory pace.

 

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Geo-Tagging technology for plantation launched

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KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail today while launching the “CO2 Smart Executive Club” at NED University of Engineering and Technology, termed it as welcome move in order to have an oxygen-friendly environment.
“There are multiple issues pertinent to climate change and global warming; and it is a unique initiative, very well designed to show the effects of plantation in real time,” he explained.
He put emphasis upon the Clean and Green Pakistan initiative of the present government to reduce the adverse climate change effects on multiple fronts in the country.
He said that the subject matter and the themes covered were of prime significance and also very close to the endeavors of the government. The generation and sharing of knowledge on this count is definitely going to improve prospects of the country.
“I feel that it is the true responsibility of a University to engage itself in civil society with the intention of social and economic service,” the Governor said.
Earlier, the Governor was informed that Geo-tagging technology would be ensured to keep a watch on the saplings planted under “The carbon dioxide smart Executive club.”
The smart executive club is working on devising a method under Geo-tagging technology to estimate proportion of oxygen and carbon dioxide in different areas of the city and to act accordingly by planting more saplings in carbon dioxide condensed areas to ensure oxygen friendly environment.

 

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 Ozone hole slowly on the mend

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WELLINGTON: The ozone hole is slowly on the mend, according to New Zealand scientists studying the atmosphere over Antarctica on Monday.
The data came from a small observation lab that has been running at Scott Base, New Zealand’s outpost on the frozen continent, for the past 30 years.
The remote research center is home to several atmospheric studies and research into the ozone hole over Antarctica.
Ozone absorbs ultraviolet light emitted by the sun, protecting humans, plants, and animals from radiation that can cause skin cancer and sunburn.
Richard Querel, an atmospheric scientist based in Otago, used data from the center to make assessments. He said the data showed that slowly over time the ozone hole is getting smaller thanks to the international ban on the chemical CFC, which is used in refrigerants, and known to destroy ozone.

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