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Trees for the Earth: WWF-Pakistan celebrates Earth Day 2016 across country

06:47 PM | 22 Apr, 2016
Trees for the Earth: WWF-Pakistan celebrates Earth Day 2016 across country
LAHORE/KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - WWF-Pakistan celebrated Earth Day across the country by carrying out tree plantation drives to raise environmental awareness while symbolically tackling deforestation heron Friday.

Hammad Naqi Khan, director general, WWF-Pakistan said, ‘the theme for Earth Day this year is 'Trees for the Earth'  which stresses the need for every individual, business or policy maker to take action to protect the natural assets and resources of our beautiful country.  Taking this opportunity, WWF seeks your support to mitigate pollution, curb deforestation and manage our water resources on priority to enable us live in harmony with nature.

A mangrove plantation drive organised by DHA, Karachi, in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan was held at Defence Authority Creek Club. Commander 5 Crops, Lt General Naveed Mukhtar was the chief guest on the occasion.

Appreciating WWF-Pakistan and DHA efforts in rehabilitating the depleting mangroves forest area he said, ‘Promoting plantation, greenery and the natural environment is essential for a vibrant and healthy society.’ Brig (r) Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice President Emeritus, WWF-Pakistan; Hammad Naqi Khan, DG WWF-Pakistan; and Agha Tahir Hussain, PD & Conservator Mangroves, Government of Sindh, were also present on the occasion.

Similarly,  WWF-Pakistan organised a debating competition at DungaGali, Ayubia National Park on the importance of plants for life on earth.  A total of 22 students from nine schools participated in the event. Participant from Government Girls High School Khanispur won the competition whereas Government High School, Kari Raiki and Government High School, Samandar Katha, secured second and third position respectively.

Praising the efforts of WWF-P, Sardar Muhammad Nawaz, Sub-Division Forest Officer (SDFO/Wildlife), Abbottbad, said ‘this is a great initiative  to sensitise children about nature conservation.

Furthermore, an event was also organised in collaboration with Beaconhouse School System Johar Town Junior Campus (BSS JT Jr.) Lahore where Earth Day was celebrated through a thematic environmental puppet show.

Exhibits were also made by students from recycled material as a gesture to reduce their ecological footprint. All the students of the school pledged to protect the Earth and planted saplings at the occasion. Tree plantation drives aim to sensitize students to reduce their carbon footprint and burden on the environment.

Schools, colleges and universities that have partnered with WWF-Pakistan’s Green School Programme and International Eco-Internship Programme also participated in the Earth Day tree plantation drive. Similarly, an awareness raising activity in collaboration with the U.S.-Pakistan Youth Council was arranged at Forman Christian College, Lahore.

Due to increasing environmental awareness and education, the positive role of the media and decision-makers, the annual deforestation rate in Pakistan has decreased to 1.6 per cent per annum, according to a 2012 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as compared to 2.1 per cent per annum (once the highest in Asia) according to a 2009 report by the FAO.


The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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