The Nepali youth participated in 12th National Children’s Mountain Conservation Meet 2013 jointly organized by the Adventure Foundation Pakistan and WWF Pakistan. Altogether there were 125 children, aged 11 to 14 years. The major objective of the meet was to create awareness among young people about the uniqueness of the mountain ecosystem by involving them in meaningful practical activities.
The meet was inaugurated with a formal ceremony organized in Abbottabad on 24 June and concluded with a formal ceremony organized in Islamabad on 3 July. The participants learned the importance of biodiversity conservation, waste recycle techniques, and the use of flora and fauna in our ecosystem.
The participants also engaged themselves in various adventure projects such as hiking, route finding, and emergency rescue. Moreover, Nepali youth participated in the cross cultural evening and demonstrated their talent of singing and dancing. The children who attended the meet were given the title of ‘Eco Guard’ which gave them confidence to play an active role in their day to day life to create awareness about the conservation of the environment and its role in our lives.
Furthermore, the participants visited WWF Pakistan’s office and interacted with the staff from Islamabad, Lahore and Nathiagali. WWF Pakistan’s CEO Mr. Ali Habib recognized WWF Nepal’s achievements in conservation especially in zero poaching, GEF and forest carbon in a meeting at WWF Lahore office.
WWF Pakistan is very positive to continue WWF Nepal and WWF Pakistan’s cooperation in the future. There are many areas where the two countries can collaborate, such as: Snow Leopard Conservation, Watershed Management, Forest Carbon, Green Office, Conservation Education and Fund Raising.
The Eco Club students from Nepal explored the ongoing conservation initiatives of Pakistan and interacted with Pakistani youth representatives from all provinces of Pakistan. The knowledge and experience of the trip will encourage the Eco Club students to work harder in biodiversity conservation.
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