The First National Report on the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity has finally been completed with the help of a number of resource persons and LEAD family members. LEAD-Pakistan thanks all involved in every stage of the process for their time, valuable comments and suggestions. The report can be termed a success because experts from all over Pakistan contributed, came together on one platform and attended the workshop held to review the draft from September 21-22 1999. This report has incorporated new research in the form of case studies and has facilitated the initiation of new research.
LEAD-Pakistan would like to thank Syed Mahmood Nasir the principal author and co-ordinator of the report. We would also like to appreciate the contributions from Dr. Faiz-ul-Bari, Dr. Rubina Rafiq, Dr. Anwar Nasim, Dr. S.M. Saifullah, Dr. Nasim Akhter, Dr. Zahoor Ahmad, Dr. Abdul Aleem Chaudhry, Dr. Rashid Anwar and Mr. Kalimullah Shirazi.
We are grateful to the following for their contributions to the report: Dr. Aslam Malik, Dr. Surraya Khatoon, Dr. Nazir Bhatti, Mr. Umeed Khalid, Dr. A. Ikram Mohiuddin, Mr. Azhar Qureshi, Dr. Mohammad Shoib Saleem, Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Dr. Malik Mohammad Khan, Mr. Riaz ul Hassan, Mr. Javed Kauser, Mr. Rana Shabbir, and Dr. Rafiq Bhatti.
Thank you to the experts who contributed case studies: Mr. Tahir Rasheed, Mr. Naeem Ashraf Raja, Dr. Fehmida Firdous, Ms. Mehjabeen Abidi, Syed Mahmood Nasir, Mr. Javed Kauser, Mr. Vaqar Zakaria, Ms. Fauzia Bilqis Malik, Mr. Ghulam Ali Awan, Mr. Nasir Ali Panhwar.
LEAD-Pakistan is also grateful to the following for their valuable comments and suggestions for the improvement and comprehensiveness of the report: Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed, Dr. S. Azhar Hasan, Dr. H.U. Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Anwar, Syed Ali Ghalib, Dr, Muhammad Afzal, Dr. M.N. Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Malik, Ms. Helga Ahmed, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Dr. M. Irfan Khan, and Dr. Amin-ul-Haq Khan.
Thank you to the LEAD team comprised of: Dr. Abid Aman Burki, Syed Mahmood Nasir, Ms. Sarah Javeed, Ms. Mahparah Raza, Mr. Mosharraf Zaidi, Mr. Salman Hasan, and Ms. Saima Zaman. We would also like to thank Ms. Omayma Khan for her review of the report.
Finally, we are especially thankful to the Ministry for their co-operation in this regard, especially Mahboob Elahi, Dr Maqsood Anwar and Kalimullah Shirazi, for their review, valuable comments and co-operation.