IUST to be part of IUCN global assessment of butterflies

IUST to be part of IUCN global assessment of butterflies

Awantipora: The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora has been included by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland in its global project on reassessment of world swallowtail butterflies.
The project undertaken by the Butterfly Specialist Group of IUCN focuses on distribution, population status, ecology and habitat, threats, and conservation interventions of the magnificent species.
From IUST, Dr Aijaz Ahmad Qureshi, Research Officer, Mantaqi Centre for Science & Society is coordinating the project with the IUCN.
Established in 1948, the IUCN is world’s largest and most diverse environmental network which works for human progress, economic development and nature conservation at global level.
The mission of IUCN is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
A university statement said the project will be an important platform for documentation, conservation and monitoring of the butterfly biodiversity of Jammu & Kashmir on long term basis. Further, it will facilitate IUST to be part of activities in framing policies, methods and necessary interventions for conservation and management processes of butterflies at global level.
Vice Chancellor, Prof Mushtaq A Siddiqi congratulated Dr Aijaz for the achievement.