LEAD Pakistan trains data collectors in Chitral

Participants of the training posing during the field visit
Participants of the training posing during the field visit

Chitral, October 2: Lead Pakistan, under the USAID funded “Empowering of Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas for Wildlife Conservation Project”, organized three days training workshop for the data collectors in Chitral distrct. The training workshop was attended by the students and teaching facility of  Shahseed Banzer Butto University Chitral Campus, Wildlife field staffs and members of the Indigenous Community Conserved areas of chitral Tehsil.

Mr., Imtiaz Husasain Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Division Chitral who was the chief guest at the inaugurating ceremony, stressed the need for collecting authentic data of different species, particularly those falling in the endangered grouping. “Indigenous Community Conserved areas in Chitral providing scope for wildlife conservation and promotion and strengthening ICCAs will lead to biodiversity conservation,” he said, assuring LEAD Pakistan and the trainees of Department support.

Later on, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad, Project Coordinator, explained the objectives of the training workshop.  A Wildlife expert, Mr. Shafiqullah Khan Field Biologist World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan Chitral, was the key resource person who delivered lectures and provided hands-on training at the three -day workshop organized by Lead Pakistan.

The participants were taken into the field in Nardad Gol Community Conserved Area to let them know of the use of equipment like GPS, spotting scopes, compasses and binoculars, Quardard and other equipment which are considered vital for the collection of data on scientific lines.

“It was an excellent experience, we have got practical knowledge and skill in Survey to use of equipment,” said Mohsin a training participant of the training workshop. “The training was very practical and it will help us in field,” said Rabia another participant of the training workshop.  A total 37 participants including 14 female participants participated.

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