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WWF, NED sign MoU for environmental initiatives

The World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) and the NED University of Engineering and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday for cooperation in the areas of climate change, alternative energy, water resource management, better environmental practices and capacity-building.

The MoU is aimed at developing understanding, scholarly collaboration and professional support by promoting educational and professional activities among the members and students of the two institutions.

The agreement, which will be in force for five years, was signed by WWF-P Senior Director Dr Ejaz Ahmed and NED Civil Engineering and Architecture Dean Dr Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Dr Ahmad said the agreement would explore new scientific ideas to address environmental challenges.

He said the country was confronted with multiple environmental threats that have resulted in degradation of natural resources and loss of habitats. Concerted efforts are required to address these challenges, he emphasised.

Dr Lodhi said the country was more vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation. He said overpopulation and rapidly increasing urbanisation had caused freshwater scarcity, pollution and sea intrusion.

He also said untreated sewerage water and chemical fertilisers were being used for agriculture, specifically in cultivation of vegetables in the urban areas.

Through collaboration between the two institutions, the root causes of these problems and innovative solutions to them will be explored, he added.

WWF-P Sindh Director Rab Nawaz said the WWF-P was the country’s largest independent conservation organisation and the NED was a leading multi-disciplinary university.

Therefore, he added, the agreement between the two institutions would prove a milestone in scientific research on environmental issues.

Students of the NED University will be involved in conducting research on environmental issues and they will be guided and facilitated by the WWF-P, he said.

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