UNESCO approves Karakoram Pamir Biosphere Reserve

Islamabad, November 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): Han, Qunli Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) of UNESCO called on Minister for Science andTechnology, Zahid Hamid here today.

Mr. Kamran Ali Qureshi, Secretary Ministry for Science and Technology, Dr. K. K Nagata, Director UNESCO Islamabad, Dr. Khalil Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation were also present during the meeting.

They discussed the UN global development network’s programmers in Pakistan, especially the ongoing Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme led by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) through Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).

Pakistan has only two Biosphere Reserves, the Lal Sohanra National Park located in Cholistan Desert which was approved by UNESCO in 1977 and the Juniper forest of Ziarat, believed to be the second largest Juniper forest of its kind in the world, which was approved in May, 2013.

The Minister apprised the delegation that Pakistan had prepared requisite documents, including a Management Plan, for approval of the Karakoram Pamir Biosphere Reserve in Gilgit Baltistan which would be the third Biosphere Reserve in Pakistan and working for the Khirthar in Sindh ovince which would be the fourth such reserve in the country.

The UNESCO delegation assured their support for soliciting approval of the Karakoram Pamir Biosphere Reserve in Gilgit-Baltistan which would be signed during the scheduled visit of the Director General of UNESCO to Pakistan in June 2014.

The issue of blind dolphin, endangered species found in Indus River also came under discussion. The Minister directed the PSF Chairman to prepare project (PC-1) for the protection and preservation of this flagship symbol of world heritage.

The Minister reiterated the Pakistan government’s commitment and full support to the international organizations. He lauded the support of UN organizations in Pakistan at the time of natural calamities. The UNESCO delegation agreed that the world organization will help Pakistan in field of Scientific Education, Health and Cultural Heritage

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