Speakers at a function here on Friday called upon the people to conserve wetlands to provide a natural habitat to water birds and promote recreational facilities.
The function was arranged by the wildlife department, Bannu division, to mark the World Wetlands Day.
The speakers included district forest officer (DFO) Khan Malook Khan, range officers Nomanullah and Arifullah Dawar and in-charge of Bannu peasantry Moammad Amir Khan. Members of schools’ nature clubs, teachers and conservationists attended the event.
“The wetlands are helpful in controlling floods and maintaining good water quality in rivers,” said Mr Malook.
He highlighted the importance of wetlands for human, fish and wildlife survival and said the sites were also important for promoting biodiversity.
“The wetlands provide water, food and building material and are also helpful in maintaining and protecting the ecosystem,” he maintained.
Other speakers urged the participants to play role in conserving wetlands for the benefit of humans and animals alike.
Reporter. Call to conserve wetlands for promoting biodiversity. Dawn, February 4, 2017.