Lahore: The Dawood Foundation (TDF) announced the launch of the TDF Nature Series, a set of documentaries aimed to raise public awareness about Pakistan’s degrading natural habitat and the urgent steps needed to sustain it for generations to come. The first two films are about two spectacular National Parks, Margalla Hills and Chitral Gol, and the conservation issues related to them. Using multiple elements including BTL and digital, TDF aims to spread the nature conservation message to millions of people in Pakistan and across the world.
These scenic films have been produced by Walkabout Films and are also part of the Give Back Project.
As per UNDP data1, Pakistan is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Due to environmental degradation, it increasingly suffers from natural disasters, floods and other catastrophic consequences that lead to loss of incomes, homes and livelihoods. Pakistan has been beset with natural disasters in recent years, which are caused by global climactic changes as well as poor environmental conservation at home, as exemplified by one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Estimates about Pakistan’s forest cover vary between 2 and 5% against a recommended rate of 20%. These films aim to help mitigate these issues.
Hussain Dawood, Chairman The Dawood Foundation formally launched the TDF Nature Series Campaign. Also present at the event were the Foundation’s trustees, Kulsum Dawood, Shahzada Dawood and Samad Dawood.
While talking about the films, Sabrina Dawood, CEO, The Dawood Foundation, said, “The Nature Series aims to advocate and educate the people about the natural resources, sanctuaries and heritage that exist in our country and challenges faced by both humans and wildlife. There is an urgent need to address the environmental issues and the consequences of the degradation of environment.”
Nisar Malik, CEO, Walkabout Films, said, “Wildlife is an indicator of the health of our planet. Without a healthy planet there can be no future for humans. It is to the infinite credit of The Dawood Foundation that they have the farsightedness and maturity to recognize this. It is through their generosity and support that The Give Back Project can continue to generate the awareness and education needed to help conserve Pakistan’s remarkable natural places.”
The films will be shown by TDF to people across Pakistan through a 100 day tour of 117 villages and cities on a mobile cinema. Documentary screenings will be supplemented by educational sessions that will help local communities understand and resolve their environmental problems. The country-wide screening tour, which looks to engage local communities, is to be supported by screening sessions at various educational institutes affiliated with Give Back Project, a joint venture between TDF and Walkabout. The films, which have been translated into Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi and other local languages, will also be available free online.
About The Dawood Foundation
The Dawood Foundation (TDF), one of the oldest charitable trusts in Pakistan, was established in 1961 by Ahmed Dawood. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Dawood Hercules Group, currently led by Hussain Dawood. Core focus area of TDF since its inception has been education, for which it has contributed substantial funds for the development of schools, colleges and scholarships all over the country.
In 2015, the Foundation launched the TDF Nature Series, a platform through which it aims to raise awareness amongst students as well as local communities about the importance of preserving Pakistan’s natural heritage, which is under threat due to environmental degradation. Additionally, TDF has made noteworthy contributions in health, disaster recovery and rehabilitation works as well. For more information please visit www.dawoodfoundation.org