International Conference on “Urban Ecology and Frontiers of Sustainable Development”

Administrator DHA Brig Shahid Hassan Ali presided the concluding session of an international conference on the subject “Urban Ecology and Frontiers of Sustainable Development” organized by the Society for Urban Ecology, South Asian Chapter and the Karachi University (KU) Department of Geography at Dr A.Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. Chairman of KU Geography Department Prof Dr Jamil Hassan Kazmi was the chief sponsor of the conference in which research papers covering various aspects of the challenges being faced by the urban societies were presented.

Addressing the concluding session Administrator DHA congratulated the university staff for organizing an informative, thought provoking and forward looking conference on a contemporary subject of interest. Administrator said that an important urban problem faced in the present times is due to disproportionate population expansion, saturation of space and depletion of available utilities/faculties. He said that DHA City Karachi (DCK) project launched by DHA on Super Highway has been planned in accordance with most modern engineering and urban planning concepts and has all the potential to provide an emblem of modern, secure and comfortable living environments to its residents.

He added that DCK as the first planned, sustainable, green and smart city of Pakistan has been designed to make judicious use of environmental friendly utilities like renewable energy, including solar and wind energy that will serve as model for future cities in the country.

At the end the Administrator distributed certificates among the participants of the seminar. Souvenirs were also exchanged between Administrator and Head of Geography Department Karachi University.

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