By Fatima Arif
Vinod Kataria completed his education in 2004, with an MSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Sindh Jamshoro. He started his professional career as a Social Organizer at SAFWCO, where he worked for three years. Following that he joined the Research and Development Foundation as Site Coordinator before getting an opportunity at AKPBS-P as Team Lead for social mobilization.
In 2010, Vinod joined WWF-Pakistan’s Indus for All Programme as a Natural Resource Management Officer at the Pai Forest site, (Nawabshah), Shaheed Benazirabad. Once the programme came to a close, he shifted to the Chotiari Conservation and Information Centre, Sanghar office working as a Senior Project Officer in multiple livelihood and conservation projects. Currently, he is working as a Community Mobilization and Training expert in the Indus Ecoregion Community Livelihood Project (IECLP).
For the time that he has spent with WWF-Pakistan, he credits the organization for the rich experience that it has provided him. He has developed an in-depth knowledge of fisheries, livestock and agriculture sectors, in addition to learning about the conservation of fauna and flora of both terrestrial and aquatic species in general.
What are some of your most memorable experiences?
“Every moment of my job has been memorable. One aspect of my job that I find very interesting is working with vulnerable communities of freshwater, desert and coastal areas, which adds to the unique learning experience. Additionally, knowing that one is able to help them in some manner is quite rewarding as well.”
Your message for the younger employees of WWF-Pakistan?
“You must work very hard for the conservation and protection of nature which is a gift from Allah.”
Fatima Arif is Senior Officer Digital Media, WWF-Pakistan.