More steps urged to promote biodiversity conservation

CHITRAL, Oct 2: Lead Pakistan under the USAID-funded project “Empowering of Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas for Wildlife Conservation Project” organized a three-day training workshop for data collectors in Chitral. lead2The 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 Hussain, Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Division Chitral, who was the chief guest at the inaugurating ceremony, stressed the need for collecting authentic data on different species, particularly those falling in the endangered grouping. “Indigenous community conserved areas in Chitral are 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, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad, Project Coordinator, explained the objectives of the training workshop. A wildlife expert, Mr. Shafiqullah Khan, field biologist Worldwide 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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