LAHORE - Pakistan’s tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq will now raise support for conservation of environment and wildlife, as a goodwill ambassador for WWF-Pakistan.

The international top-10 doubles player will help promoting conservation in Pakistan so that the country's environment could be saved from degradation.

DG WWF-Pakistan Hammad Naqi Khan and Aisam-ul-Haq signed an MoU on Tuesday. Brig (R) Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice President Emeritus, WWF-Pakistan also presented a WWF-Pakistan publication, Natural Treasures of Pakistan, along with souvenirs and a goodwill ambassador certificate to Aisam as a token of appreciation for his devotion to the cause.

Hammad Naqi Khan thanked Aisam-ul-Haq for teaming up with WWF-Pakistan to protect nature and hoped that this would raise awareness across the country. “We are very excited to announce Aisam-ul-Haq as WWF-Pakistan’s goodwill ambassador. I hope that he will play his role to mobilise the youth in nature conservation in Pakistan.”

Brig (r) Mukhtar Ahmed said: “I’m delightful to see Aisam joining the noble cause of nature conservation and it is equally important for other sports enthusiasts, political figures and celebrities to follow suit so that our environment, which at the moment faces various threats, can be protected.”

Pakistan is home to a number of magnificent species of birds, fish and mammals such as the common leopard, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Indus river dolphin. These species are facing various threats due to habitat loss and conflict with humans.

Moreover, Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change and faces extreme weather events such as floods, landslides, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), cloud bursts, sea level rise, cyclones, loss in agricultural output.