by Asghar Khan
Gilgit, June 5: World Environment Day was celebrated at Karakuram International University with joint partnership of the Northern Areas Environmental Protection Agency (NAEPA), KIU, AKRSP, Tourism and Environment Department NA, IUCN, Program for Mountain Area Conservancy (PMAC) and Serena Hotels Pakistan, under the theme “Your Planet Needs You-Unite to Combat Climate Change”.
It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests. Government and non government officials, community representatives, school students, boy’s and girl’s scouts, research and academic institutions, Karakuram International University faculty members and students, local notables including members of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly were amongst the participants. Researchers and students gave presentations on the issue of Global Warming. The Chief Guest Mr. Abdul Hameed, Advisor Tourism, Transport, Minerals, Sports and Cultural addressed on the occasion and distributed shields and certificates among the participants.
A photography competition was also held among KIU student on environment and environmental issues i.e. green and brown areas. Mrs. Noor Ul Ain, Advisor Education & Social Welfare distributed Shields and certificates to the Photography competition participants.
The purpose of celebrating Environment day at the KIU was to disseminate information and raise awareness amongst stakeholders, communities, partners, Corporate sector, schools and decision makers about the environment and environmental issues of Northern Areas.