Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) started a project to save blind dolphins in Indus water for one year.
“It is among endanger dolphin species in Pakistan, to preserve it cooperative effort has been launched”, said Director General PMNH, Dr. Muhammad Rafique. He informed that the project with the provision of Rs 2.5 million started in January this year till December but extended if needed.
PMNH highlighted the issue when only 400 to 500 dolphins of this rare species left. They contacted UNESCO for funding and technical assistance for conservation project.
He further informed that PMNH has worked with Capital Development Authority (CDA) on beautification of the Islamabad Capital Territory project and resolved the major challenges is wood cutting, wood extraction and in past stone crushing to beautification that is now controlled.
Numerous issues caused by wood cutting are noise, air, dust pollution, increase in birds running atmosphere as crows, kites (Cheel) etc. as impacts of climate change in capital city.
The museum is also helping research students of various universities the museum is also facilitating research students of various universities under Higher Education Commission.
“We have 40 plus Ph.D. scholars at PMNH with expertise in his field and are working on specific projects”, he stated, they also exchange innovative technologies with other countries.
Our scientists also visit abroad to nurture their knowledge and work with scientists from other countries in well-equipped labs of the museum, the DG added. This mutual exchange helps in achieving results in estimated time with reduced cost.
Our scientists were also acknowledged by Foreign scholars that have good command and exploring several new fields under the umbrella of PMNH, he informed.