World Wildlife Day celebrated in Gilgit

GILGIT: The World Wildlife Day was celebrated in Gilgit on Friday to raise awareness of the mountain ecosystem of Gilgit-Baltistan and protection of wildlife among students.

In this regard, WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with Gilgit-Baltistan Forest, Wildlife department and Snow leopard Foundation organised an event at Fatima Jinnah Degree College for Women, Gilgit.
The purpose of event was to raise awareness of world’s forests and woodlands and preservation of the millions of livelihoods that depend directly on them, with a particular attention to traditional knowledge of the communities who have managed forest ecosystems and wildlife.

A short documentary film was screened highlighting the snow leopard protection and conservation of Himalayan ibexes.

Kiswar Batool, vice Principal Fatima Jinnah Degree College for women Gilgit welcomed the guests and emphasized on the students to play their role for a better mountain ecosystem.

Chief Conservator, Forest and Wildlife department GB gave a detailed presentation on the current wildlife situation in GB and how the community based trophy hunting program is contributing in the region.
Art and painting gallery was embellished with wildlife paintings made by the fine arts department students of the college.

Raja Zikriya Maqpoon, minister for wildlife, forest, parks and environment for GB, was the chief guest at the event. In his speech, he appreciated the collaborative efforts of public private partnership for the protection of wildlife.

The chief guest also inaugurated the nature club at the college established with the support of WWF-Pakistan and FCDO. Speaking on the occasion, he said GB has mighty mountains, renowned glaciers, flora and fauna and diverse landscape. “All we need is to preserve and protect them for our future generations,” he added.

Haider Raza Director North, WWF-Pakistan said they would continue efforts for a healthy environment in line with the SDGs and thirty more nature clubs will be established in different schools of GB.

Ahsan Pirzada, Secretary Forest, Wildlife, Parks and Environment GB assured his full support for the youth of GB to facilitate them in the field of wildlife and forestry. He said, scientific research is need of the time and youth needs to adapt wildlife as career.

Plantation activity was also held at the end event. High dignitaries, teachers, students and media persons participated in the plantation drive.

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