KARACHI - Food security is a major challenge and requires long term measures in a country like Pakistan. This was stated by the Secretary, Livestock and Fisheries Department, Government of Sindh, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui at the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the Department and WWF-Pakistan's Indus for All Programme. Speaking on the occasion, he further said that the Department would extend full cooperation to WWF-Pakistan to achieve the objectives of the MoU. A WWF statement here on Monday said that the MoU signing ceremony took place at the Office of the Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Department here. The MoU sets out the terms and conditions for the extension of a long-term technical and institutional support for each other for the natural resource conservation in the Indus ecoregion under the Indus for All Programme. As per the MoU, WWF-P and L&FD will support each other to provide technical, logistic and institutional support in implementation of the activities under the programme. The salient features of the MoU include; sharing information about on-going projects for sustainable fisheries; conducting mutual ecological assessments at Chotiari, Keti Bunder and Keenjhar Lake; extension of cooperation on training and capacity building of the L&FD officers and the local communities; and allocation of resources to initiate natural resource-based payments for environmental services (PES). Starting from May 2008, the MoU will be valid for five years ending on February 2012. The validity period, however, may be changed or extended by mutual consent of both the parties. WWF-Pakistan is implementing a 5-years programme Indus for All Programme which focuses on livelihood support and conservation of natural resources at four priority areas Keti Bunder and Keenjhar Lake in Thatta, Pai Forest in Nawabshah, and Chotiari Reservoir in district Sanghar. The Programme is the first phase of a 50-year long vision for Indus Ecoregion Conservation Programme. The Director General Livestock and Fisheries, Ghulam Muhammad Mahar, was also present on the occasion while WWF-Pakistan was represented by Nasir Ali Panhwar, Rab Nawaz, Ali M. Khan Dehlavi, Khurram Shams Khan and Jamal Mustafa Shoro.