World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

World’s 1st Biodiversity Park Of Its Kind Pakistan

UN And Partners Open The World’s First Biodiversity Park Of Its Kind In Pakistan

With last month’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami giving added urgency to environmental protection, the United Nations and its partners today officially opened the first biodiversity park of its kind in the world in Morgah, Pakistan.

“In Asia and Pacific, conservation of biodiversity has assumed renewed importance after the recent tsunami which destroyed considerable parts of the region’s reserves of biodiversity such as forests, fish stocks, coral reefs and mangrove swamps,” the Executive Secretary of the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (<"http://www.unescap.org/
">ESCAP), Kim Hak-Su, told the gathering.

“Efforts like the one in Morgah can serve as models for restoring the biodiversity of devastated countries and help prevent further loss of the sustainable livelihoods of the people,” he added.

The Morgah Biodiversity Park Project, the brainchild of ESCAP, brings together participants from the private sector, national and local governments, and the local community and aims to conserve endangered and important flora and fauna of the Pothwar region of Pakistan by ex-situ methods, creation of awareness and dissemination of information on biodiversity conservation.

A part of ESCAP's Pro-Poor Public Private Partnership for poverty reduction, it is a follow up of the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr. Kim commended the Government of Pakistan and Attock Refinery Limited for the bold steps they had taken in pioneering this first public-private partnership in providing the poor with access to biodiversity.

Also participating in the launch were Pakistani Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and the Chief Executive Officer of Attock Refinery Limited, M. Raziuddin.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC