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QAU Celebrates the International Biodiversity Day

In connection with the International Biodiversity Day a seminar “’Our Biodiversity, Our Food and Our Health” followed by student poster competition was held at Quaid-i-Azam University. The event was organized by the Faculty of Biological Sciences, QAU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change.

While addressing the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University urged he students to understand the impotence of biodiversity and handover clean and green planet to the future generations. He stressed the need for comprehensive collaboration among policy makers, development sector and academia to save the environment and minimize the bio-degradation.

Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Faculty member, Department of Plant Sciences shared a detailed presentation with the audience regarding the threats posed by bio-degradation and recommendations to tackle the current challenge. He said that Pakistan has unique phytogeography, floral and cultural diversity as in the south it is bound by Arabian Sea and in the north by some of the highest peaks of the world, K2, Sharing Himalayas with China. He said this Plant diversity have the potential to caters our Food, Medicine and Energy needs as with abundant availability of wild fruits, vegetables, herbal drugs for disease management and Bio-fuels for energy security.

Dean faculty of Biological Sciences, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shahab and representative from the Ministry of Climate Change also addressed the faculty and students. Before concluding the ceremony certificates and shields were distributed among the winners of the poster competition by the Vice Chancellor.