LAHORE – A ceremony was on Wednesday held to give away ‘Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award’ and ‘Living Planet Award’ to the individuals who have made exceptional contribution to nature conservation in Pakistan, at the Ali Auditorium of Ali Institute of Education. This year, Syed Yahya Shah hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan won the conservation award for working tirelessly to promote sustainable utilisation of natural resources in his area of influence with great success.
However, one of the recipients of ‘Living Planet Award’ was Ali Ijaz, an NCA graduate whose SGP-funded documentary ‘Missing Vultures’ has created waves the world over and has moved people to pay attention to the plight of this important species. Other recipients are Dr Khalil and Ms Nilofar from Department of Biological Sciences, Karakoram International University for their project titled ‘Capacity Enhancement in Nature Conservation of Academic Institutions on Snow Leopard Distribution in Gilgit-Baltistan and the Proper Ishkoman Development Organisation for the project undertaken for biodiversity conservation model project in Ishkoman valley and its replication in adjacent valleys of district Ghizer.
The ‘Living Planet Award’ is a symbol of recognition which is especially presented to those who have made outstanding contribution to the field of nature conservation. The title is awarded to those who excel in their WWF – Pakistan Small Grants Programme projects which have proved to be the forerunners of addressing particular environmental themes, hence protecting our natural capital.
These prestigious awards were given away by Sectoral Committee for Environment Convener and Nawaz League MPA Dr Saeed Elahi and revered philanthropist and industrialist Syed Babar Ali gave away these prestigious awards. The event was organised by WWF – Pakistan as part of the organisation’s commitment to rewarding excellence and innovation in conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development. A good number of people from all walks of life attended the ceremony. The NATION