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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International Training Workshop on Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem-2014

Organized by: College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University
IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), West Asia Region.
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Ruins without relief: Naseer Memon

Two catastrophic temblors jolted Awaran and Kech districts of Balochistan in September last year. While the episode has been obscured by a series of new headlines in media, miseries continue to shake the affectees. Continue reading

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PNC-Election-Announcement 2013

Election for the IUCN Pakistan National Committee held in November 2013 for electing its Executive Committee for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015.

As per the results of the elections names of the office bearers are as follows:


1. Mr. Javed Jabbar                       Baanhn Beli

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The million dollar question at COP19: Where’s the money?

Afia Salam: Members CEC Commission
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A tunnel without vision

The term ‘ tunnel vision’ has always been used as a pejorative. People accused of having it are also variously called myopic, short-sighted, shallow, etc. But when one hears of grandiose projects like Islamabad New City, to be made accessible to the old one through a tunnel to be drilled through the National Park in the Margalla Hills, one wishes to plaster all of the above words and more on those conceiving the project! Continue reading

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