Water is our lifeline and there is only a finite amount to be shared by all the living beings on this earth. From all the water resources on this planet, only 2.5 per cent is freshwater. A tiny fraction of this small percentage flows through our rivers and lakes from where we source it.
While the water crisis is a global issue, it is already a reality for Pakistan, as we are well below the threshold of a water stressed country, now categorized as water scarce. Our per capita water availability has reduced to only 930 cubic metre per year.
My name is Hamera Aisha and I work as Wildlife Manager at WWF-Pakistan. My job involves working very closely with communities, governments, and other relevant partners to protect the Indus river dolphin and many other vanishing wildlife species of Pakistan and their habitats. My work also includes raising awareness about the planet and country’s biodiversity and engaging with the public, especially children (students), to help develop an association with nature, the need to care for wildlife, such as the rare dolphin, and the need for its protection.
New hope for the Indus River dolphin
The Indus river dolphin…
I jumped with excitement when my boss asked me “Would you be interested in working on the Sawfish conservation project?” as I walked in to his office on the first day of my internship at WWF-Pakistan. Even though I had extensive knowledge about sawfishes, I have only had a chance to see one sawfish in my life which was in Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo during my internship back in 2018. The first time I saw that animal I was in awe about how beautiful and mesmerizing it was and every day I got to know a little more about…
Saeed Abbas works as Conservation Officer for the Asia High Mountains Project (AHMP), based in Gilgit-Baltistan. He completed his B.Sc (Hons.) from the Department of Zoology, University of Karachi in 2008 and completed his M.Sc from the same institution in 2010, specializing in wildlife and fisheries management.
Currently he is enrolled as a PhD research scholar at the the Department of Zoology, University of Karachi. Part of his research includes surveying the diversity, distribution and conservation of the avian fauna of the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), the largest national park in Pakistan.
With a keen interest in research, Saeed…
A nerd from the start, Mehreen used to participate keenly in WWF’s Spellathon, an environmental themed spelling competition, in school and is now working as the Head of Programme Development, WWF-Pakistan!
Mehreen’s interest in environmental conservation is a result of nature and nurture; as her parents are both outdoorsy and fond of animals, especially her mother who used to help her and her siblings rescue animals. In 6th grade, when a teacher asked what you want to be when you grow up, her response was a very specific, marine biologist. …
I saw him spiritually falling apart
When we kept on stabbing his heavy heart
The million-lives-burdened heart kept on beating with a missed breath
Leaving him in a venomous state
His veins carried the “venom” to his eyes
While his eyes reminded him of the smoking spice
The smoke he lifted with every nod of head
The smoke that brought him milk and bread
That smoke surrounded his body with a threat
Showing him a lesson and a lifelong regret
His kilns, his emissions, his wealth in vain
Ancestors were ready to carry the business chain
The smoke with thorny…
When the circulating pattern of wind swirled around the room, there came through the open door an aroma of roses and delicious food. The strobing, blinking and twinkling lights added to the beauty of the hall. This was an extravagant wedding ceremony in the country.
The menu included; pieces of chicken, mutton chops, roast, beef steaks and gravy dripping over the carmalized skin of meat that provided plenty of options to eat with a number of different salads.
No matter how much of an environmental enthusiast you are , no matter how much you are fed up with the arguments…
Manzoor Ahmad along with another wildlife official, Constable Mushtaq from the special squad in Gujranwala region, Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department, was shot dead by poachers involved in illegal hunting of migratory birds in Sialkot on 20 September 2017. He is survived by an elderly mother, a wife and seven children one of which is in early schooling years.
Manzoor was stationed at the Punjab Wildlife and Park Department in Punjab, Pakistan as Wildlife Inspector in the special squad, dedicated to monitor and intercept poaching and illegal hunting. He joined the department in 1984. His last annual salary was 4,320…
Consider for a moment if you woke up on a hot July day, already late for work. Disheveled and tired. There was no electricity all night. And all you desperately needed, was a cool shower to wake you up, to start your day right, to knock some sense back into your head. But the pipes run dry, your mouth feels coarse and your heart sinks — the water is gone!
Now imagine if that was every day, for an insatiable amount of time. How drastically our lives would change.
Recently, all of us have been bombarded with the news that…
Imagine for a moment, how dark and gloomy this world would be without deep blue oceans that hold a realm of wonders in their vast bounds, the tall green trees that embellish the land, the animals and birds that add color to its canvas and the flowers that adorn it with its enchanting fragrance!
Unfortunately, we seem to be headed in that direction as the planet is continuously changing because of detrimental human activities. There is no denying to the fact that overpopulation and uncontrolled industrial activity are the prime factors contributing to it. They have an irreversible impact on…