On Snow Leopard Day this year we highlight the threat this beautiful big cat faces.
For livestock herders Shafyat Ali and Muhammad Ibrahim, life has changed. In Hoper Valley, Pakistan, global climate change has had a visible impact on the environment so crucial for their livelihoods. Over the last 25 years the snowline has shifted upwards by about 1,000 m. Vegetation has shifted upwards with it, and summers are warmer and longer. This means herders have had to change their traditional behaviours; “Twenty years back we used to stay in high altitude pastures from mid-May till mid-September but now they go 10 to 15 days early (mid-April) and return back late again 10 to 15 days (first week of October) from the pastures.” Continue reading
© Sadul-Islam / WWF-Pakistan
by Sadul Islam
WWF-Pakistan survey team during its ecological assessment studies found several new species, some of these were new for Sindh, Pakistan and even for science. Striga gesnerioides is one of these species found during the natural vegetation assessment at Thatta district. The species was identified with the help of Dr Surraya Khatoon, Professor of Botany, University of Karachi. Continue reading
By Samirah Siddiqui
I spent a month in Freetown, Sierra Leone, working with The Collective, a capacity building social enterprise, and Conscience International, a West African human rights NGO. Sierra Leone is one of West Africa’s true hidden gems – rich in natural resources, with a stunning coastline and brilliant people. For the uninitiated, the country’s name evokes images of blood diamonds and child soldiers. Continue reading
By Umair Shahid
Bluefin Tuna sushis, Brussels, Belgium.
“Until you understand a writer’s ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding”— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Ignorance can come in various forms, sometimes it is a blessing not to be aware; however I strongly believe the feeling of elation of being free does not remain long and cannot be cherished in a manner that is or not questionable for actions. There are many times we are faced with certain aspects of life that we seem to hold dearly to ourselves and some we just tend to turn away merely because it primarily is not our concern or point of interest. Continue reading
by Fatima Arif
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” – Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad Continue reading
by Kashif Ayoub
It was last year driving through the main highway that a crowd of people organized in a circle caught my attention. It seemed that they were gathered for a ritual and whatever was happening in the centre of the circle had captured their full attention. Naturally, I was curious to find out more.
Pushing my way forward, I found myself looking at a group of four conmen exhibiting exotic species of reptiles, which included several species of snakes and lizards. They seemed to me like a butchering group, putting up a fascinating show, successful in captivating a large audience. But I had this feeling that something very wrong was about to happen and these animals were in some kind of danger. Continue reading
by Fatima Arif
Leonardo da Vinci aptly summed up water’s importance for us when he said; water is the driving force of all nature.
Around the globe a water crisis is underway, some countries are feeling its impact as we speak, a large majority have opted the pigeon way of dealing with the issue while a handful are trying to look for a solution. Continue reading
by Shoaib Abdul Razzaque
For a fisherman who is out for a day in the Arabian Sean, a lot rides on his luck. Every day he prays for a heavy catch and measures his daily success by the number of fish that ends up in his net. A good catch also constitutes of many fish which weighs more. Continue reading
As soon as we turned towards Hunza after being on the Karakoram Highway for hours, I breathed in Hunza’s air, I could tell I won’t be leaving this place as the same person as I came. Continue reading
My name is Rehan Akhtar and I am a volunteer photographer, who is on a quest to capture the amazing landscapes of Pakistan’s spell binding northern areas since 2008. Continue reading