Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS) and Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) organized a one day seminar on Afforestation of Global Deserts for Sustainable Future of Earth Environment on 24th November 2021 at PAS main auditorium. The speakers focused on deserts as the target for future sources of energy, food production, and even water harvesting. Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, President of PNS presented futuristic scenarios about the nuclear technology. Mr. Muhammad Zahir participated in the seminar and represented CCRD.
The Chairman PCRWR, Dr. M. Ashraf Chaudhry, and Dr. Usman Ali Abbasi of Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi highlighted the potential of deserts as sources of livelihood and food security for future generations, using technologies that are currently available. The Pakistan Meteorological Department's expert Mr. M. Irfan Virk presented data on the role of deserts in defining global climate changes. He also elaborated technical details of weather and climate, type of deserts based on climate, basic concepts of atmospheric circulation, climate type, and climate change. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Advisor Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, outlined the results of studies on the 'water footprint' of commodities that have become part of lifestyles throughout the world.