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Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan Join Forces in a Pioneering Partnership

The Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan, represented by the Ismaili Council for Pakistan, and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) have formally entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the shared goal of aligning their efforts and resources to address critical issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and the enhancement of community resilience.

This strategic partnership underscores a mutual commitment to drive positive change through concerted action in areas such as afforestation, educational initiatives, and awareness campaigns.

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The MoU signing ceremony, a significant milestone in this collaborative venture, unfolded in Karachi. It was attended by distinguished figures including Nizar Mewawalla, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan; Arif Sajwani, Executive Officer of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan; Nadeem Khalid, President of WWF-Pakistan; Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO/Director General of WWF-Pakistan; along with vice presidents, board members, and senior representatives from both WWF-Pakistan and the Ismaili Council for Pakistan.

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The leadership of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) also graced the occasion. As part of this collaborative effort, the WWF-Pakistan will provide technical expertise to Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan in developing afforestation and forest protection plans across various sites in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan, with the assistance of community volunteers, will engage in eco-friendly activities with the WWF-Pakistan to further its efforts in environmental protection through various programs and activities.

This collaborative effort underscores the importance of collective action in addressing pressing environmental issues and driving positive change in Pakistan’s ecological landscape.

Hammad Naqi Khan, director general of the WWF-Pakistan, highlighted the WWF’s contributions to climate change mitigation. He remarked, “WWF’s footprint is visible across Pakistan. Right from the Himalayan mountains of the north to the plains of Punjab and the Delta in the south, we are working with partners to turn challenges into solutions.

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“This includes carbon sequestration activities and afforestation at various levels and the implementation of nature-based solutions with communities to enhance resilience to climate-induced risks. But nothing can be done alone and today’s signing is significant because it makes us stronger in our efforts to influence the course of conservation.

“With Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan, we look forward to leveraging the strength of their network and their unmatched active volunteer base to co-create and implement solutions for pollution, unsustainable tourism and poorly planned development.”

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In addition to afforestation efforts, the partnership also focuses on jointly exploring, piloting and upscaling livelihood opportunities for the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Both organisations will collaborate to tackle environmental challenges, including pollution, unsustainable tourism practices, and development projects with a sense of urgency.

On this occasion, Nizar Mewawalla, president, Ismaili Council for Pakistan, appreciated the steps taken by the WWF for focusing on the conservation of nature and natural resources by improving the health and state of the natural environment in Pakistan. He stated, “Care for the environment is perhaps the most urgent need of our age. It’s also a key area of focus for the Ismaili Imamat and AKDN.”

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Since its inception, the Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan has planted over 3 million trees across the country. Additionally, more than 120,000 volunteers have contributed over 200,000 hours of voluntary service and collected approximately 80,000 kg of waste materials, including paper, plastics, and other debris, from over 250 public places and community centres nationwide

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