International Union for Conservation of Nature Commission on Ecosystem Management striving to expand its worldwide database on the Ecosystems

Karachi, July 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):On occasion of the visit of the Chairperson of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), Mr. Piet Wit, IUCN Pakistan organized a presentation by Mr. Piet Wit at the IUCN Country Office, Karachi. The presentation was attended by the IUCN Members, IUCN Commission Members and IUCN staff.

Mr. Piet Wit shared the work of the Commission on Ecosystem Management carried out over the last four years. He said that the Commission works on specific ecosystems, such as wetlands, mountains, and fisheries and deep-sea mining and it has over 20 thematic groups. Some newer thematic groups include arctic ecosystems, nanotechnology and aquaculture.

He encouraged the commission members to come forward with new thematic areas to focus on. Responding to a question, Mr. Piet informed that CEM maintains a Red List of Ecosystems which is compiled using the same scientific rigor and process as that of the IUCN Red List of Species. Mr. Wit also highlighted the importance of inclusive thinking where conservation work is concerned and further explained that this had led to IUCN’s increased role in disaster-risk reduction.

Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative, IUCN Pakistan highlighted the initiatives of IUCN for protecting the ecosystems from coast to mountains. He highlighted the significance of IUCN’s role in mainstreaming of environmental considerations in development works to be undertaken under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Mr. Cheema explained that the CPEC was a key area of focus for IUCN Pakistan and that a meeting with relevant stakeholders will take place soon.

Mr. Cheema also highlighted that IUCN’s partnerships with commission members in projects has been on the rise, and that about half a dozen projects prepared in the recent past have been in partnership with Commission Members. He added that the number of Commission Members in Pakistan has almost doubled over the past three years.

The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, where he also presented the traditional Sindhi shawl Ajrak to Mr. Piet Wit and Mr. Muhammad Zaheer Khan, Regional Chair, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, West Asia.

For more information, contact:
George Sadiq
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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