Islamabad: “I believe that the research on biodiversity can help us manage and overcome most of our major economic and social problems pertaining to agriculture, livestock, food security, health, energy and innovations”
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali said this while inaugurating the three day National Symposium on Biodiversity of Pakistan here at Margala Hotel, Islamabad.
The Symposium was jointly organized by Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to create awareness about biodiversity issues and mark the International Biodiversity Decade (2011-2010) as declared by the United Nations.
Federal Minister said that it was the need of the hour to realize the gravity of biodiversity issues and create public awareness among the masses for the betterment of future generations. Mr. Jamali said that in the current wake of global unrest and chaos, it is the people working in biodiversity who can steer their respective nations out of the fear of malnutrition, disease, famine and environmental degradation.
The minister also said that Pakistan was rich in terms of biodiversity and there is urgent need for conserving and securing all of the natural assets. Mr. Jamali also paid rich tributes to the role of Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) toward highlighting the core issues and actual challenges regarding biodiversity and environment of the country. He also congratulated PMNH for gathering together all the stakeholders of biodiversity from research and academia to propagate and promote the importance of preservation of biodiversity.
Federal Minister also ensured that Ministry of Science and Technology will support and encourage all such endeavours for making Pakistan an improved and inhabitable abode.
Secretary MOST, Irfan Nadeem and other high officials also accompanied the Federal Minister.
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