PARC & ETI-GB signed MoU for agricultural growth in GB

Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and Economic Transformation Initiative Program, Gilgit Baltistan (ETI-GB) join hands for improving sustenance of Gilgit Baltistan rural community all the way through agricultural development.

PARC & ETI-GB signed MoU for agricultural growth in GB

PARC a national organization working in secure alliance with public and private sector institutions in the country to grant science based solutions for the development of agriculture in Pakistan.

Whereas; Economic Transformation Initiative Program, Gilgit Baltistan, (ETI-GB) aims at improving income, plummeting poverty and starvation in the rural areas of Gilgit Baltistan.

For the speedy development of Gilgit Baltistan, ETI-GB and PARC have documented strategy to combine their potentials to energize efforts for research on agriculture technologies to combat the raising issue.

The amenities of the both organizations shall be utilized for the benefit of learning and sharing for greater benefit of communities of Gilgit Baltistan, as well as both the organizations will share information for research on agriculture technologies.

PARC and ETI-GB will also hold joint capacity building initiatives (training’s, workshops, seminars, coverage visits and information broadcasting campaigns) to teach farmers and other community of all pertinent issues.

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PTA, ISOC & COMSATS to endow ‘Online Interactive Remote Education’

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)  accompanying with Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific Bureau and COMSATS Internet Services Limited to endow with online interactive remote education to 6thgradestudents of a Government Girls High School in rural Multan; connected last year as part of ISOC’s Wireless for Communities (W4C) program.

The remote education project aimed to make available free extra academic help to students for better understanding of their study material. This enhancement education has been delivered by conveying an exclusive learning experience that is basically different from their all-purpose textbooks.

TeleTaleem, a well-known and knowledgeable tele-education contributor was also hired to bring real-time online lectures of English, Mathematics and Science through an interactive classroom environment from Islamabad.
The content delivered by teachers had been intended to make more use of activities, conceptual approach, substitute education and online resources.

Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, said that the government has always been encouraging of ideas that make the best use of innovative technologies.

The Internet is the core of socio-economic development in future and this project has been introduced so that young girls could competently use the internet.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

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Conference on ‘Sustainable Development Halophytes for Green Revolution’

A three-day international conference on ‘Sustainable Development: Halophytes for Green Revolution’ held at Karachi University Business School (KUBS), KU, organized by the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU) of the University of Karachi.

At international conference experts longing on the policies to endorse alternative solutions to tackle challenges of food insecurity in future.

Professor Dr Hans-Werner Koyro from Germany shared that people are getting older and constraint of getting good food is also getting higher and higher as the competition with food has increased over the years. There are around 2000 different types of halophytes around the world and still, the meaning of halophyte is not clear.

Dr Hans-Werner added that some labeled potatoes, which is for the most part used as a regular food item, as halophyte. Hence, there is a dire need for research-based use of plants for saline agriculture. We believe, many local halophytes of saline habitats which are already salinity tolerant can be shaped as future crops through concentrated direction-based research.”

For the time being, UNESCO France Director Dr Miguel Clusener-Godt shared that it was his second visit to the country and Karachi University as well and was delighted to see how academia and scientific bodies are moving forward in the field of halophyte biology.

UNESCO France Director said that higher education institutes are taking interest in halophytes and thinning out awareness and knowledge concerning the uses and benefits of halophytes. The youngsters are captivating interest in the topic which is a very positive and good sign as they have to take over in future and this is the right time for them to learn and execute.

Halophytes could also endow protection to the coastal lines and in some cases, Pakistan and other countries, are using plants as greenification as well. The structurized work approach should be adopted while working on halophyte projects that will bolster every aspect.

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پاکستانی سائنسدان کا پانی سے آرسینک ختم کرنے والا دنیا کا سستا فلٹر تیار کرلیا

فیصل آباد (این این آئی)فیصل آباد زرعی یونیورسٹی کے ایک سائنسدان نے پانی میں شامل انہتائی خطرناک مرکب آرسینک کو پانی سے الگ کرنے کیلئے دنیا کا سستا ترین فلٹر تیار کرنیکا دعویٰ کیا ہے۔فیصل آباد کی زرعی یونیورسٹی کے ڈاکٹر نبیل نیازی نے تربوز کے چھلکے کی مدد سے پانی سے آرسینک کو الگ کرنے کے لیے دنیا کا کم قیمت ترین فلٹر تیار کرنے کا دعویٰ کیا ہے۔

آرسینک ایسا زہر ہے جو قدرتی طور پر زیر زمین پانی میں موجود ہے، اس پانی کے استعمال سے پیٹ کے امراض،گردوں اور جگر کی بیماریوں سے ہر سال 43 ہزار افراد جان سے ہاتھ دھو بیٹھتے ہیں۔آرسینک کو پانی سے الگ کرنے والے دستیاب طریقوں پر ہر چار ماہ بعد 20 سے 25 ہزار روپے کا خرچ آتا ہے تاہم ڈاکٹر نبیل خان نیازی نے تربوز کے چھلکے سے صرف 5 ہزار روپے میں 8 ماہ کے لیے قابل استعمال ٹیکنالوجی ایجاد کی ہے۔ڈاکٹر نبیل کے مطابق واٹر میلن کا چھلکا مفت میں دستیاب ہے، ہم نے اس کو پیسا اور زینٹھیٹ نامی ٹیکنالوجی کے ذریعے اس میں تھوڑی سی ترمیم کی، اس کا فائدہ یہ ہوا کہ یہ نا تو پانی میں حل ہو گا اور نا ہی خراب ہو گا، اسے لیبارٹری میں ٹیسٹ کیا کہ یہ آرسینک کو نکالتا ہے یا نہیں تو ہمیں بڑے اچھے رزلٹ ملے، تقریبا 95 سے 98 فیصد آرسینک پانی سے ختم ہو گیا۔ڈاکٹر نبیل نے بتایا کہ اس ٹیکنالوجی میں بجلی کا استعمال نہیں ہے، اس فلٹر سے ملک کے پسماندہ علاقوں میں غریب آبادی کیلئے آرسینک سے پاک پانی فراہم کیا جا سکتا ہے۔فیصل آباد یونیورسٹی کے سائنسدان کا کہنا ہے کہ تھوڑے سے فنڈز کے ذریعے متاثرہ علاقوں میں یہ ٹیکنالوجی انتہائی کم قیمت میں پہنچائی جا سکتی ہے۔ماہرین کے مطابق ملک میں پانی کو آرسینک سے پاک کرنے کے ساتھ ساتھ اس ٹیکنالوجی کو آرسینک کے مسائل سے دوچار دوسرے ملکوں کو فروخت کر کے پاکستان زرمبادلہ بھی حاصل کر سکتا ہے۔

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Consultation on Astola Management Planning Kicks off in Karachi

PR:  A consultative session was organized by IUCN Pakistan under its Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change. The purpose of the session was to discuss the development of Management Plan for the newly designated Marine Protected Area (MPA), Astola Island, besides mapping stakeholders’ interest, potential threats and presenting the ecological findings of a baseline study of Astola undertaken by IUCN.

The two-day consultative session was preceded by a meeting of the MFF National Coordinating Body. Mr. Khizar Hayat Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change was the chief guest at this event.

The most prominent stakeholders participating in the workshop included: Mr. Mohammad Rashid, Secretary, Balochistan Forest and Wildlife Department; Mr. Arshad Hussain Bugti, Secretary, Balochistan Fisheries Department; Mr. Abdul Jabbar, Chief Conservator, Balochistan Forest and Wildlife Department; Mr. Muhammad Ali Batur, Director, Balochistan Environmental Protection Agency; Lt. Cdr. Ajaz Mohsin, Pakistan Navy and representatives of WWF-Pakistan.

Mr. Khizar Hayat Khan appreciated the role of IUCN Pakistan and especially the MFF Programme in supporting and facilitating the declaration of Astola Island as a Marine Protected Area and its continuous support towards development of a Management Plan for the island. He also lauded the achievements and efforts of the National Coordinating Body (NCB) in this regard. The NCB has also supported various coastal studies, including an economic valuation of the coastal ecosystem.

“This was long overdue following the declaration of Astola as Pakistan’s first Marine Protected Area,” said Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative, IUCN Pakistan. He added: “Following the designation of Astola Island as a MPA, there is now a dire need to take steps towards its conservation and collaborative management.”

The management plan preparation process entails a participatory process which involves defining vision, key management objectives for the MPA, filling gaps in knowledge on the biological and social resources of the area, identifying threats to the site, prescribing actions for conservation of key biodiversity resources, and prescribing a co-management regime with differential responsibilities for various stakeholders.

Inspector General Forest, Syed Mahmood Nasir said that since Pakistan is party to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, it is committed to declaring at least 10% of its coastal and marine areas as Marine Protected Areas. He appreciated IUCN’s role in the declaration of Astola and its other areas that are being considered potential marine protected areas. He sought support of IUCN for developing a national proposal to support MPA work in Pakistan.

The sessions were facilitated by Dr. Scott Perkins of IUCN Natural Resource Group and Ms. Maeve Nightingale, a marine expert from IUCN Asia.

Mr. Cheema highlighted that “IUCN Pakistan has taken initiative for establishment a comprehensive ecological and resource use baseline of Astola Island MPA. The baseline survey has been conducted with support from experts from various relevant government and academic organisations and is intended to serve as the foundation for the development of a management plan for Astola Island MPA.”

The workshop covered important aspects of MPA management highlighting why MPAs are important, what are the benefits MPAs provide, and an update on progress against targets globally, in the Asia region and in Pakistan.

During the workshop sustainable financing options for the management and conservation of Astola Island MPA, as well as, the other coastal and marine resources of the country were assessed.

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