World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Pakistan) hosted an evening in Lahore to gather environmental activists, conservationists, environmentalists, nature lovers, artists and representatives from the public and private sectors to celebrate fifty years of the panda logo holder organization’s operations in Pakistan.
The World Wildlife Fund recognized contributions of conservation heroes by awarding its prestigious conservation awards and officially launched release of its much-awaited documentary series – Wildlife Diaries of Pakistan. The organization paid tribute to the conservation heroes at the frontlines in protecting and preserving natural environment.
Named after renowned conservationists, awards included Syed Asad Ali Award, Sardar Naseer Tareen Award, and Richard Garstang Innovation Award
Named after renowned conservationists whose contributions paved the way for innovation and successes in conservation, the awards included Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award, Sardar Naseer Tareen Conservation Award, and Richard Garstang Innovation Award.
The recipients included Nazeer Mirani, a wildlife ranger with the Sindh Wildlife Department, who was honored for his contributions in saving the endangered Indus river dolphin; and the late Nazim Jhokiyo for raising his voice against the illegal hunting of the protected Houbara bustard.
Siffatud Din Shah was recognized for pioneering community-based conservation of species such as the snow leopard; Maha Luni for her youth-led environmental awareness raising in Balochistan; and Moheeb Ullah Naveed was awarded for his contributions towards conservation of the common leopard and pangolin.
Renowned philanthropist and WWF-Pakistan President Emeritus Syed Babar Ali, WWF-Pakistan President Nadeem Khalid, Vice President Mukhtar Ahmad, Syed Rizwan Mehboob, Hassan Qarshi, Abdul Razak Dawood, Simi Raheel, Sarmad Khoosat, Salima Hashmi, and Sophiya Anjam among others joined the ceremony.
Applauding the winners, Syed Babar Ali said that the legacy of such great conservationists was being carried forward and that younger generation was growing more environmentally conscious. Nadeem Khalid extended gratitude and appreciation to the extraordinary individuals who have emerged as the guardians of the environment. He called the winners as conservation heroes, whose dedication and unwavering commitment to safeguarding natural heritage have made them legends in their own right.
The Wildlife Diaries of Pakistan was unveiled, followed by a panel discussion – Connecting people and nature while using film to inspire conservation action. Moderated by popular radio host Sophiya Anjam, Wildlife Diaries of Pakistan Director Naveed Qamar, WWF-Pakistan Senior Manager Hamera Aisha and Producer and Director Sarmad Khoosat joined the panel discussion.
WWF Pakistan CEO Hammad Naqi says today’s efforts will inculcate ‘real spirit’ of conservation in minds of future generations
The captivating discussion enabled key conversations around how film and the media in general can spread the message of swift action towards conservation efforts. In his concluding remarks, WWF Pakistan CEO and Director General Hammad Naqi also appreciated the winners as heroes. “I would like to congratulate the winners of all awards and everyone who took out the time to join us on our mission towards conserving life,” he said.
“I am hopeful that the conversations we had today will translate into improved action and awareness all around and will inculcate the real spirit of conservation in the minds of our future generations,” he said. The ceremony concluded with an exclusive preview of the first episode of the series which received appreciation and applause by the audience.