Two leading environmental organizations Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Worldwide fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF Pakistan) which are members of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have come together to address environmental and developmental issues in Pakistan.
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director of SDPI and Ali Habib, Director General, WWF Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of their respective organizations at Islamabad aiming at building and strengthening long-term collaboration between the two organizations by extending technical and institutional support to each other to achieve this goal.
Initially, both the organizations will focus on Indus Eco-region and its associated natural resources, for which the collaboration envisages to engage professionals and experts at various levels to conduct research, training, policy advocacy, awareness and other field level interventions. However, the scope of the collaboration will not be exclusively limited to Indus co-region program rather simultaneous collaborative measures could be initiated as and when mutually required.
Both the organizations have agreed to collaborate in the domains of climate change and its affects on environment and communities, environmental flows and river Indus especially in Indus Eco-region, water management, bio-fuels, carbon sequestration, toxic chemicals, documentation of traditional ecological knowledge, sustainable agriculture and industrial development, livelihoods and food security, and disaster management.
SDPI has a strong background in policy research and advocacy in Pakistan while WWF-Pakistan has a prominent place among organizations famous in field level interventions.