Sound byte: ‘Women of KP, Fata must have space to interact’

The military operation in North Waziristan has displaced hundreds of thousands from their homes and forced them to live in makeshift arrangements in the boiling heat of D.I. Khan, FR Bannu, Karak and Lakki Marwat, etc. Continue reading

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It’s Not Hunting Season Yet

There is so much wrong in so many areas. Crimes of omission and commission. Public sector manipulations, inefficiencies and downright corruption. Collusion of the high and mighty with their subordinates to cheat people out of their rights. Sometimes this seems all pervasive. But every once in a while someone breaks the pall of gloom and shows commitment and honesty to champion right over wrong, legal over illegal. Continue reading

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Khwendo Kor – URGENT Appeal: Almost 1 million North Waziristan Internally Displaced People (IDPs) need your help NOW

You can channel your help and support through KHWENDO KOR, a renowned, highly credible, reliable and trustworthy NGO.
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Institute of Rural Management (IRM) quarterly newsletter ‘HRD Communique’ – July – September 2014

Institute of Rural Management (IRM) is one of the largest capacity building facilities in the not-for-profit sector in Pakistan and works in over 100 districts. It is committed to build the capacities of rural communities and empower them to harness their true human, social and economic potential for an improved quality of life.  Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Largest Mangroves Forest Threatened by Zulfikarabad Project – NGO Members of IUCN Pakistan National Committee

IUCN Pakistan National Committee Members during meetingA meeting of the IUCN Pakistan National Committee Members was convened in Islamabad on July 24, 2015.

The NGO Members expressed their concern over the recent news item in the media on directives by the higher government authorities for expediting work on the Zulfikarabad city project. The members noted that Pakistan’s largest mangroves reserves along the Thatta coast were at risk due to the Zulfikarabad Project. Continue reading

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Women Climbing for Climate Change

IUCN’s partner ICIMOD supports K2 ExpeditionThe ‘First Nepali Women Expedition to K2 2014′ comprising three young women climbers from Nepal has set out to climb Mt K2  in Pakistan. At 8611m, K2 is the second highest mountain on earth. Continue reading

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Guggul tree: The endangered saviour

Published: May 25, 2014

A shrub that saves lives finds its own life in danger. PHOTO: YOUNUS BHANDHANI

The Guggul tree is nothing short of legendary. The apparently unassuming shrub that dots the deserts and hills in this part of the world holds immense medicinal value. It has been used in Ayurveda, a system of Hindu traditional medicine, for centuries and even today, it’s resin (gum extract) is used to treat skin diseases, artheritis, lipid disorders and obesity. Continue reading

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The IUCN Annual Report 2013 being presented to IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and IUCN President Mr. ZHANG Xinsheng by Mr. Malik Amin Aslam IUCN global Vice President and Regional Councillor, West Asia at the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland

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Nuclear Power Plants: No Clear Answers

NL magazineIt’s no secret that Pakistan is faced with an energy crunch of unprecedented proportions. The present energy sources are not keeping up with the growing demands of a burgeoning population, and this gap between demand and supply is widening by the day. The crisis is so intense that it has become an overarching issue that impacts development, as well as politics. The 2013 elections were, in fact, contested on a two-point agenda: combating militancy, and overcoming the energy crisis. Continue reading

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Pangolin: Scaling death

Published: April 6, 2014

An impervious skin, covered in tough, imbricate scales and a shy personality best describe a pangolin — an anteater living on the periphery of civilisation. But even their preference to lead solitary lives in deep burrows has failed to shield them from human exploitation. Continue reading

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