International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)

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The UN “International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)” was observed at the Azakhel Botanical Garden University of Peshawar with the aim of “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development“. On the occasion day long events were conducted on the day including skits from the students highlighting the importance biodiversity in our lives. They presented that natural resources are fast depleting and to preserve them was everyone’s responsibility in order to achieve a better and pollution free environment for the generations to come.

Future of Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity including the quality of life on earth, said Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan who the chief guest of the seminar arranged on the day. He added that biodiversity is a vital asset in global and local economies while food production depends on Biodiversity and the services provided by ecosystems.

Dr. Jan maintained that biodiversity was important not only to those who depend on it in their daily lives but to modern industry and agriculture as well. He appreciated the efforts of UoP Azakhel Botanical Garden in preserving endangered plant species, and advised the students to every day of their life be dedicated towards keeping a clean and green environment and doing quality research in this connection to achieve the goal of a pure natural environment.

Director of the Garden Dr. Asadullah said that Botanical Gardens around the globe are institutions holding documented collection for the purpose of conservation, education, scientific research and aesthetic purposes. He added the role of Botanical Garden cannot be ignored in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the world wide implementation of the international agenda of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

The ceremony was attended by Registrar Dr. Syed Fazli Hadi, Dr. Fazli Nasir and scores of students of the centre.