3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Pakistan is undertaking steps to declare marine and terrestrial protected areas because it is committed to global and national obligation towards ecosystems restoration for good of the country and the globe. Pakistan is signatory to various conventions and treaties to protect environment and biodiversity including marine and coastal biodiversity. Pakistan has already signed the Paris Agreement, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Convention on Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), RAMSAR Convention, Kyoto Protocol, the United Nation Convention on Law of Sea, Basal Convention, Stockholm Convention and Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. The country has established the Marine Pollution Control Board in 1994, National Institute of Oceanology in 1981 and formulation of Pakistan National Strategy and Action Plan in the past. The incumbent government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is known for their commitment towards climate change and that is why Pakistan has been given a global role to launch the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration and host the World Environment Day 2021.
Both the governments and people across the world have to play their role in protecting marine/coastal ecosystems. While celebrating the World Environment Day and observing the UN Decade commitments, the world needs to restore oceans and coasts by reducing pressure on marine ecosystems. There is a dire need of increasing mangroves cover, both naturally and by re-seeding or transplanting important species. We need to make both the communities and ecosystems resilient to meet the challenges of the global change; the fisherfolks and the government should make fishing sustainable, all pollutants and wastewater should be treated before they enter the ocean; the local communities residing along the coast should take ownership of coastal ecosystems instead of exploiting its resources unsustainably; plastic should not be allowed to dump in the oceans. There should be an unwavering commitment by both the government and the communities benefiting from the marine ecosystems as major part of trade, economy, and environment. Pakistan being a party to the international Conventions under the United Nations is committed to fulfill its obligations related to protection of natural environment and the components thereof within its territory. The country is taking steps to declare marine and terrestrial protected areas because it is committed to global and national obligation towards ecosystems restoration for good of the country and the globe. Pakistan is signatory to various conventions and treaties to protect environment and biodiversity including marine and coastal biodiversity. It further plans to declare more areas as Marine Protected Area (MPA) as a result of further consultative meetings with custodian communities, provincial governments and other interest groups as the leadership in Pakistan believes that until we prioritize marine and coastal ecosystem restoration, we cannot make our development sustainable and even cannot strengthen economy and bring about prosperity.
Chief Guest: Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami Commander Karachi (COMKAR), Pakistan Navy
Guest of Honour:
Dr. Syed Kalim Imam, Inspector General Motorway and National Highways
– Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
– Prof. Dr. Fateh Mari, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam
– Prof. Dr. Khalid Mehmood Iraqi, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi
-Prof. Dr. Waseem Qazi, Vice Chancellor, Iqra University Karachi
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