Lahore, February 22, 2018 (PPI-OT):The timeline of climate change was too fast to consider current human efforts for conservation and their response. Nor even we have the much time to adapt to these changes by changing the way we looked at things. It was stated by Mr Kamil Khan Mumtaz, a renowned architect of Lahore and heritage conservation expert, on Wednesday while addressing the inaugural ceremony of fourth international conference on “Role of Botanic Gardens in Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation” at the GC University Lahore. Mr Kamil Khan Mumtaz and the environmentalists addressing the conference called for multiplying and intensifying the human efforts for conserving plants biodiversity.
Eminent American botanist Prof Dr Mary E. Barkworth also addressed the opening session and highlighted the importance of technology for protecting biodiversity. She briefed the participants about her project of digitalization of plants data through her open software. In his opening remarks, Dr Amin U khan, a distinguished professor and bio-conservation expert, said that plants conservation was becoming increasingly important as the threats to plant diversity had intensified.
“Botanic Gardens don’t have enough resources for achieving the objectives the global strategy of plant conservation (GSPC),”so they need wide range of support from governments, NGOs, scientific, technical and educational institutions, business and industries, communities and individuals. He also shared his personal experiences from different conservation projects in Pakistan, saying that it was essential to incorporate alternative models based on adaptive management and trans-disciplinary science in order to actually solving on-the-ground problems. On this occasion Dr Amin U Khan also presented his new booklet, Jahangeer the conservationist, about Hiran Minar.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that environment protection was their collective responsibility, so every individual and organization of the world should play its role for it. He proudly shared that this was the seventh international conference in GCU in the last few months. The three-day conference was organized by the Pakistan Botanic Gardens Network Secretariat (PBGNS) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission, World Wildlife Fund and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
Besides all provinces of Pakistan, environmentalists from Egypt and USA were also participating in the conference. As many as thirty research papers are scheduled to be presented at conference on themes of drought and plant water relations, seed bank, species selection for urban greening, forest conservation and environment friendly technologies.
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