ITU & WWF INKS MOU FOR MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENSORS DEPLOYMENT AT 300 Wi-Fi HOTSPOTS TO MONITOR POLLUTION-Dr. Umar Saif
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here today between World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) and Information Technology University (ITU), Government of Punjab to create and maintain an effective working relationship between World Wide Fund for Nature–Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) and the Information Technology University (ITU) with the aim to further their common objective of fostering multi-disciplinary research activities to further nature conservation in Pakistan.
Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor ITU and Mr. Hammad Naqi Khan Director General WWF-Pakistan signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.
Talking to media Dr. Umar Saif said that environmental pollution demanded protection of wildlife and the MoU would ensure the monitoring of environment by deploying censors in already installed 300 Wi-Fi hotspots to monitor the pollution level. It would also help in monitoring and tracking the blind dolphins available in four rivers of the World, including Indus River, he added.
This MoU will facilitate already on-going ICT enabled research and conservation efforts regarding Indus river dolphin using acoustics at BiSMiL Lab (Laboratory for Bio-inspired Simulation & Modeling of intelligent Life), Information Technology University.
It will also promote joint studies on biodiversity conservation and field research on other species and habitats in Pakistan, using bio-acoustics, imaging, and mobile based technologies.
It will also encompass studies related to sustainable agriculture and modern fisheries in the habitat of Indus dolphin.
A joint research fund, on matching grant basis, will be established by both organizations to facilitate such studies for the period of 2017-2020.