ECOSF, UNESCO to start MAB programme in Afghanistan

STAFF REPORTER ISB: Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), along with Vibeke Jensen, Director UNESCO-Pakistan called upon the Ambassador of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Janan Mosaz ai this month to acquaint him of a joint initiative in Afghanistan by the two intergovernmental organizations that have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by their parent organizations (ECO and UNESCO, in 1995).

President ECOSF apprised the Ambassador about the ECOSFs on-going and forthcoming programmes especially the activities to be held in Kabul-Afghanistan on Man and Biosphere (MAB) and capacity building of Afghan experts in preparing documents for declaration of Biosphere Reserves (BRs) jointly with UNESCO and National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) of Afghanistan. Director UNESCO shared the details of upcoming MAB-BRs workshop at Kabul and informed that it will be held within the premises of UNESCO-Afghanistan under full security protocol.

Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro also updated the Ambassador on the coming capacity building workshop in Astana- Kazakhstan, being organized by ECOSF together with its international partners for the promotion of science education.

Janan Mosazai appreciated the endeavours of ECOSF and UNESCO for proffering importance to war-wrecked Afghanistan through the deliberate healthy activities. He shared the details of the higher education being provided to Afghan students by Pakistan. Afghan ambassador also lauded the efforts of Punjab Government for the collaboration in education and research especially in Agriculture field with Afghanistan for the better tomorrow. He also proposed to ECO Science Foundation to prioritize agricultural research in the region.

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