International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated at Pakistan Museum of Natural History
Islamabad, June 02, 2016 (PPI-OT):Speakers here on Thursday called for learning lesson from past mistakes and take immediate measures for halting and reversing loss to biodiversity as our survival is linked to its protection and sustainability. They were addressing inaugural ceremony of an event organized to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH). The function was organized by PMNH in collaboration with Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Climate Change and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).
Ambassador of Portugal H.E. Joao Sabido Costa was the Chief Guest on this occasion. The event was part of two-week-long series of programmes including Speech Competition, Art Competition and Biodiversity Exhibition. The Chief Guest, Portugal Ambassador H.E. Joao Sabido Costa and Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Chairperson Foreign Affairs Committee, jointly cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Biodiversity Exhibition, which was participated by 20 organizations working for protection of biodiversity.
Federal Minister for Higher Education and Research, Togo, Mr. Broom, Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Mr. Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Wildlife Conservationist Mr. Ali Nawaz, PMNH DG Dr. Muhammad Khan Leghari and Deputy DG Dr. Muhammad Rafiq were also present on this occasion. A large number of students and teachers from educational institutions of twin cities, scientists, environmentalists and people from different walks of life attended the event.
The Chief Guest said that we should learn lesson from our past mistakes and take immediate steps to mitigate loss of biodiversity otherwise it will be too late and our own survival will be at risk. The PSF Chairman said agenda of different national and international summits on Biodiversity is the same focusing same problems like clean water scarcity, climate change, biodiversity loss and food security etc.
He said that instead of creating awareness about these issues now it is the time to take practical measures for halting and reversing the loss of biological diversity. Dr. Ashraf said that every living thing is part and parcel of this universe and its existence is not without any purpose as every living thing depends upon others for food and shelter and can’t survive in isolation. He said that elimination of a single creature jeopardizes the survival of many other living things.
The Chairman PSF said that all the above-mentioned issues are interlinked and we should use the appropriate methodology to address them. He also stressed that the invasive species of plants that are heavily consuming underground water should be eliminated from those areas which are short of water in order to maintain natural balance of ecology.
Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Mr. Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, Wildlife Conservationist Mr. Ali Nawaz, PMNH Deputy DG Dr. Muhammad Rafiq also spoke on this occasion and they highlighted various threats to biodiversity and required steps to thwart them. The Chief Guest also awarded certificates to the winners of speech and art competitions organized by PMNH to celebrate the Biodiversity Day.
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Syeda Rehana Batool
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Pakistan Science Foundation
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