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GCU marks World Wetlands Day

Government College University's Environment Protection Society in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund Pakistan and Pakistan Green Enviro-Engineering Monday organised a one-day seminar to observe the World Wetlands Day.

GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while Dean Faculty of Sciences Professor Dr Islamullah Khan, WWF Pakistan representative Najmul Huda Khan, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Dean of Fisheries and Wildlife Professor Dr Muhammad Ashraf and EPS Advisor Dr Tabinda were also present there.

Vice Chancellor Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, in his address, urged the students to take part in the social activities to save the environment. "Being citizens we have forgotten our responsibilities and to make Pakistan a developed country, we must follow the disciplines of a society decided by the Islam," he said.

Professor Dr Muhammad Ashraf, in his lecture pointed out those wetlands was not only much important for a country's environment and biodiversity but also for its economy. He said that any water area having 6-metre depth is called wetland. He said that Wetlands Day had been marked since 1971 when the Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention was signed by 18 countries on February 2 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. He said that the main wetlands of Pakistan include Astola Island (country's largest wetland), Chashma Barrage, Drigh Lake, Haleji Lake (Asia's largest bird sanctuary), Hub Dam, Indus River Delta, Jiwani Coastal, Jubho Lagoon, Kinjhar Lake, Miani Hor, Runn of Kutch, Tanda Dam, Taunsa Barrage, Thanedar Wala, Uchalli Lake and Deh Akro-II Desert Wetland Complex. Najmul Huda Khan said that WWF has added glacier lakes and floods in the definition of wetlands.

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