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Roomi S. Hayat, a CEC member, is Chairperson, Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) Continue reading
There is a brand new way to search for information on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Launched today, a new section on The IUCN Red List website offers a simpler way to search for species and learn about the threats they face. Featuring more images than before, the sub-site makes The IUCN Red List information easily accessible to all wildlife enthusiasts. Continue reading
By Naseer Memon
(The News, Political Economy-24th March 2013)
According to newspaper reports, real estate tycoon Malik Riaz’s Bahria Town and a US investment group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for $15 to 20 billion investment on March 11. Under the project, Bahria Town, in collaboration with foreign companies associated with prominent US investor Thomas Kramer, would construct the world’s tallest building and a number of other projects some 3.5 kilometres off the Karachi shore. A spokesman for Bahria Town said the project, the Bodha Island City, would be developed within a period of five to ten years, and that it would comprise Net City, Education City, Health City, Port City and other infrastructure projects. The world’s most modern shopping mall would also be built on the Island City. Continue reading
“Our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss” (Ban Ki-Moon)
The global growth model is clearly on an unsustainable pathway. An exponentially expanding population, extravagant consumption patterns, rising greenhouse gases triggering catastrophic climate changes, dwindling biodiversity reserves, rapid and unregulated urbanization – these are just some of the environmentally alarming trends delivered by the existing model for economic growth. Thus, it is no surprise that while the global GDP has more than doubled in the past three decades the planet has paid a very heavy price with more than 60% of its natural ecosystems being degraded. Continue reading
The IUCN Council in its first meeting held on January 30, 2013 at Gland, Switzerland
Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, IUCN Vice President.
has elected Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan as the IUCN Vice President. Mr. Amin will be holding this position for the next four years (2013-2016).
It is a matter of immense pride for Pakistan that he has been elected as Vice President. Other Vice-Presidents who were elected are Miguel Pellerano from Argentina, John Robinson from USA, and Marina von Weissenberg from the Finland. The Vice Presidents will assist and advise the IUCN President, Mr. Zhang Xinsheng of China.
Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative IUCN Pakistan
IUCN Pakistan has appointed Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema as Country Representative. Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema brings with him over 20 years of experience in natural resource management and more than 15 years of experience with IUCN.
He had been entrusted with the Acting Country Representative IUCN Pakistan role twice previously (in 2006 and most recently in 2012). Cheema headed IUCN’s Islamabad programme office for more than six years. Continue reading
The proposed city of Zulfikarabad in Sindh is impregnated with environmental and social risks
By Naseer Memon
Zulfikarabad, the dream city of the president of Pakistan, has sparked another controversy in Sindh. In spite of tooth and nail opposition, the government seems ready to proceed with its plans. The project, originally named as Jheruk, was first heard of in 2009. The scheme was later relocated to further south of Thatta district in Jati, Shah Bunder, Keti Bunder and Kharo Chaan talukas.
Despite growing problem of drinking water in Gwadar, the administration is still not geared to manage the drought situation
By Naseer Memon
(The News-23rd Dec 2012) Continue reading