The First ‘DESIMGOW’ Postdoc Moderator Designated in SAARC Region—SAARC Postdoc Academia

SAARC News Desk/ Asia/ 12/09/2015/

A Pakistani geo-morphologist and environmentalist from Punjab University Lahore, Dr. Khalida M. Khan has been designated as a postdoctoral research moderator in ‘Dynamics of Environment Sustainability, Integrated Mountains’ Geomorphology and Ortho-Watersheds’ in SAARC region. Dr. Khan is a former chair holder of UNESCO with a portfolio comprising  of ‘Community Education Mountain Conservation and Watershed Management’.

Dr. Khalida M. Khan 58, has been serving Punjab University since 1-12.1987 to date. She serves as director of CIMR at PU.

She is the first female geo-morphologist in Pakistan. She has been awarded International Award Ibaraki Kasumigaura, Japan for the outstanding paper on Lake Conservation in Austin, Texas, USA, 2011. She has also been awarded “Gold Medal in Exceptional services for Education”. She was awarded Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal Award for outstanding performance in education, 2013 by the Civil Society organization. She has made prized contributions to the National Strategy for Pakistan Water Sector Environmental Management Program, National Volunteer Movement Relief Work for the Rehabilitation of Earthquake affected areas in 2005.

She is member of various national and international organizations such as the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation, Geographical Societies, ASIAN WATMANET, Kathmandu, Association of American Geographers, 2014, American Association of Geophysical Union, 2014, SAIRI Research Initiative and member of the Board of Trustees of the HEAD Foundation, (Kohistan and Gilgit Baltistan Community Foundation) 2013.

She has participated in international expedition/Field Work, Swiss Alps,Top of the Europe, Youngfrauyouh, Grindalwald Glacier, Switzerland, Field Research above Arctic Circle, Satellitebild Kiruna, Sweden, the Fairy Meadows (3300m Himalayan Mountain Range).

She has contributed to the first Post-Disaster’s Epidemiological Susceptibility & Pandemic Outbreak (Post-DESPO) Assessment Appraisal that marked highest cross-referential impact factor (CRIF) on DRR perspectives of the United Nation’s Hyogo Framework of Action, 2014-2015 and distinctive annotation-notes on the “UN MDGs and Post 2015 Extension- scenario”.  

She is a moderator of national Postdoc. Association (NPA-USA) under the umbrella of SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia and SAIRI Postdoc Multiversity for the United Nations MDGs Studies at NPA.

Dr. Khalida M. Khan is responsible for initiating the first “UN Partnership for Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), Japan” at CIMR under the umbrella of Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan 2012.

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