PNC of IUCN Members
Major Activities (Jan 2007 to date):

  • The PNC Chair gave an interview to an NGORC team regarding various aspects of PNC. NGORC is developing a publication on Networking and PNC was included as a case study.
  • A National Conference on Environmental Policies and Practices- Gap and Achievements was organized at Lahore on March 22, 2007. The conference was addressed by the Provincial Minister for Environment, Government of Punjab, while a wide range of stakeholders attended the conference. The Regional Director Asia Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji also addressed the conference.
  • A PNC meeting was held on March 22, 2007 at Lahore.
  • On March 29, a statement was released by the civil society member organizations of PNC to affirm their support to Shehri, a PNC member organization on the Kidney Hill issue.
  • The PNC Chair addressed urgent letters to the Governor Sindh, Chief Minister Sindh, IG Police Sindh, and City Nazim Karachi for providing security to the members of Shehri, a PNC member organization.  Prompt action was taken by the Government in response to the letters.
  • Minutes of the PNC meeting held on March 22, 2007 at Lahore were shared with members.
  • Proceedings of the National Conference held on March 22, 2007 at Lahore were documented.
  • A follow up was undertaken with the PNC members on membership dues.
  • PNC members participated in the Global Survey of IUCN.  
  • The PNC Chair wrote an article in Daily Dawn titled “Climate change in the Security Council” on April 19, 2007.
  • The World Environment Day was marked on June 5, 2007 at Karachi. The event was attended by the Karachi based members besides experts, representatives of civil society and public sector organizations. The speakers highlighted the theme of the day, which was "Melting ice – a hot topic?"
  • PNC members provided comprehensive feedback on IUCN Pakistan’s Intersessional Programme 2009-2012. They responded through questionnaires sent to them and subsequently gave input on the draft in consultations held at Islamabad and Karachi on June 13 and 14 respectively.  
  • At the suggestion moved by Chair. PNC at the Roundtable held in Karachi in December 2006, civil society members of PNC agreed to forma new coalition named "Dharti" which includes several non-PNC members.
  • In response to an invitation/proposal from Chair, PNC. The Government of Punjab through the Planning and Development Board formally agreed to become a member of IUCN.


Major Activities (2006)

  • On the invitation of the PNC Chair, the President of IUCN visited Pakistan in February 2006 for the first time to survey the earthquake-affected areas in AJK/NWFP.  A detailed inter-action was facilitated between PNC members and the President in Islamabad.
  • The PNC Chair represented PNC in the first-ever global meeting of Chairs of National Committees held in the Netherlands in January 2006 and relevant data and recommendations to make NC work more effective were exchanged.
  • Following up on an initiative by the PNC Chair in 2005 with leaders of the corporate sector seeking support for IUCN work on the environment, a Roundtable on Biodiversity and Corporate Social Responsibility was held at Karachi in 2006.
  • Over 20 chief executives of major corporations and senior executives devoted a full-day to formulating recommendations for practical actions by different sectors of industry and services.
  • The PNC was actively engaged through regular correspondence to play an effective role in different advocacy issues on projects such as the New Murree Town Development, the Hingol National Park, De-greening Islamabad, and others.
  • PNC meetings were held in Islamabad and Karachi.
  • Meetings and discussions continued with members on re-development and implementation projects. Shirkat Gah and IUCN have been following up joint project proposals and IUCN has started implementation of demo projects in collaboration with members such as SRSP, AKRSP etc. These initiatives have resulted in enhanced interaction with members.  
  • The constituency component continued follow-up and provided information to other potential organizations.  
  • Reminders and follow up action were taken for payment of membership dues.  
  • The constituency component regularly disseminated print and electronic information to members and provided membership related information to potential members.  A publication on Badin District Development Vision was very well received by members.
  • To bring programmatic focus to the interaction with membership, 1 roundtable on “Deserts and desertification” was held to mark World Environment Day on June 5, 2006 in Islamabad and another on Fisheries was held in Karachi on August 09, 2006. The Federal Minister of Environment was the chief guest on 5 June in Islamabad at the well-attended event.
  • PNC of IUCN members' brochure in Urdu was disseminated to convey basic data, about IUCN and PNC, to attract new members, and to give PNC a public profile.
  • For a study visit to Bangladesh BRAC and other institutions, two representatives from IUCN member organizations, Shirkat Gah and a representative of IUCN participated in the visit.
  • Proceedings of the Roundtable on deserts and desertification were completed and disseminated.  
  • A special meeting of the PNC was held in Karachi on December 14, 2006 to discuss the twin Islands issue. As a follow-up, IUCN civil society members issued a public statement expressing strong concerns on the proposed development of the Islands.


Major Activities (2004-2005)

  • The Pakistan National Committee of IUCN members were actively engaged through 7 PNC meetings (4 in Karachi, 1 in Lahore, 1 Peshawar, and 1 in Quetta). To bring programmatic focus to the interaction with membership, 5 roundtables were organized 3 on “EIAs and Public Hearings:” 1 on forestry and 1 on water issues back-to-back with PNC meetings. Proceedings of these RTs were finalized and circulated.   
  • Three meetings of the PNC Executive Committee were held.    
  • PNC actively participated in the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok.  The Secretariat organized briefings, provided required information to members on a regular basis.  A strong delegation of over 90 led by the Federal Minister represented Pakistan at WCC. Numerous presentations were made by members and staff of IUCNP at the WCC. Pakistan ably show-cased some of its achievements at the Asia exhibition stall. All participating members and partners spoke well of the event in terms of organization and content. It was a great learning opportunity for members. They were enabled to see at first-hand the unique strengths of IUCN.
  • PNC Chair was elected as Regional Councillor and later, as Vice President of IUCN.
  • The PNC was actively engaged through regular correspondence to play a role in different advocacy issues such as the Margalla Hills National Park tunnel issue. It also played  an important role in mobilizing support for the Tsunami affected people.  
  • On the New Murree project issue, the PNC addressed letters to the Punjab Government and the Federal Government i.e. Ministry of Environment explaining the gravity of the threats to the environment.  PNC members visited the site.  The DG of the New Murree project met with the PNC Chair and members in Lahore and on site to explain the official viewpoint.  Meetings were held on site with stockholders, the Supreme Court noted the potential role of IUCN in any future hearings about the matter.
  • The PNC Chairperson requested the Director-General Gawadar Development Authority to conserve mangroves and sand dunes along the Gawadar coast. 
  • PNC communicated comments by Members on the draft Environment Policy to Ministry of Environment.  
  • Meetings and discussions continued with members and interaction between secretariat and membership was enhanced.  
  • During the reporting period, Indus Erath, an NGO, applied for IUCN membership. Potential organizations were provided IUCN membership related info.
  • Follow-up actions were taken to obtain payment of membership dues during the reporting period.  As a result, about seven members, including the State member paid the dues.
  • IUCN membership focal points meeting was organized during one quarter to discuss membership related matters.
  • Pakistan related outputs/activities were identified and incorporated in the IUCN Asia implementation of membership strategy matrix.   
  • The constituency components regularly disseminated print and electronic information to members and provided membership related information to potential members. 
  • Two new members Khushali Associates from Quetta and AKRSP became members and joined the Pakistan National Committee of IUCN Members.  
  • A PNC-IUCN Members brochure was published and disseminated to convey basic data, to attract new members and to give PNC a public profile.
  • A PNC website was developed and launched.   
  • PNC planned an IUCN National Conference in 2006 in Pakistan. The Chairperson developed a concept paper and PNC constituted a planning committee to develop a more detailed programme.