International Travelling Expo on water launched

ISLAMABAD: International Traveling Expo “Water at the Heart of Science”, jointly organised by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Embassy of France, Islamabad and Centre Sciences, Orleans, France, was formally launched in Islamabad at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad and French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud cut the ribbon to launch it. The PSF Chairman Prof Dr Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Ministry of Science and Technology Additional Secretary Tahir Maqsood, Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad and PSF Chief Scientific Officer Dr HU Khan were also present on this occasion. Scientists, teachers and students attended this ceremony.The PSF chairman introduced the Expo and its aims and objectives. He said Embassy of France is continuously supporting Pakistan in promotion of science and technology in the country. He thanked the embassy and Ministry of Science and Technology for their support to organise this very important expo in the country.Ministry of Science and Technology Additional Secretary Tahir Maqsood appreciated signing of MoUs between PSF and France Centre Sciences New Orleans. He said this expo is an important step towards overcoming water shortage in the country. He thanked French Embassy, Pakistan Science Foundation and PMAS-AAUR and said these institutions should make joint and concerted efforts to overcome the issue of water scarcity.PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmed in his keynote address spoke on climate change and receding sources of water. He laid emphasis on storage of rainwater to overcome water scarcity. In his presentation he showed rainwater storage in Potohar area and the water is successfully being used for irrigation and drinking purposes.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the subject of the Expo is very important as life on the planet is not possible without water. He said not only Pakistan but the entire world is facing the challenge of water scarcity. He hoped that the expo will help in creating awareness on the issue and resolve the problem of water shortage. He appreciated the performance of Pakistan Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology.French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud said water and energy are top priorities of the French Government. He said Pakistan have very good irrigation system but there is need to improve it for water conservation. He made a mention to PSF and France Centre Sciences collaborative programmes besides other projects such as sanitation programme in Faisalabad etc. He appreciated the efforts of PSF and acknowledged the past as well as current activities of the Foundation held with collaboration of French Embassy. He also assured the continuity of future collaboration and joint activities with PSF and Ministry of Science and Technology. PSF started arranging International Travelling Expos in 2008 in collaboration with Embassy of France in Pakistan and Centre Sciences-Orleans-France. In this regard, Expos on the themes of Mathematics, Environment, Biodiversity, Chemistry and Energy have already been held in various cities and towns of Pakistan. PSF has also inked MoU with Centre Science, Orleans-France for arranging and co-producing Expos in Pakistan.This year PSF is going to organize International Traveling Expo on Water titled “Water at the Heart of Science” in collaboration with Centre Sciences-CCSTI, Orleans, France and French Embassy in Pakistan. As Water issue is one of the 21st century’s greatest challenges. Abundant but unequally distributed on Earth, this resource is today threatened by climate change and the dangers of overuse. Improving access to water, which is still suffering from glaring disparities, is one of the Millennium Development Goals. 

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