2012 in review

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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Camel, an incredible creature in difficult environment

English: Dromedary camel in outback Australia,...
English: Dromedary camel in outback Australia, near Silverton, NSW. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Camel, an incredible creature in difficult environment.

DesertNet International

DesertNet International

AIMS of DesertNet International 

As a network, we

  • provide a platform for scientific discussions and exchange of ideas, foster cutting edge science, identify topics and research areas,
  • identify and document scientific state of the art of the main topics in desertification assessment, risk evaluation, mitigation and restoration,
  • identify and articulate the economic drivers and the socio-economic consequences of desertification,
  • integrate scientific findings across disciplines, translate into common language and communicate scientific findings, and
  • work in and on affected areas worldwide.

As a think tank, we communicate with stakeholders and policy-makers. We

  • identify minimum consensus on consolidated knowledge,
  • evaluate scientific knowledge for stakeholders and policy makers,
  • disseminate knowledge,
  • respond to demands for assessment and information needs address knowledge gaps,
  • translate knowledge to improve governance,
  • and identify issues and priorities for stakeholders and public policies.

World Camel Day (June 22)

Indigenous/local livestock Species/breeds are well adapted to the dry and marginal lands of the world. Such breeds use the scarce resources of such lands and produce high valued and precious products for food. Among such adapted livestock species, camel is the most important one and is well appreciated in this regards.  Camel is highly adapted to such dry and marginal lands, ensuring the livelihood of the millions of people. Camel is not only an efficient biological machine of the difficult environment but can be a solution for many difficult questions (drought, climate change, water and feed scarcity and food security challenge) of the future.

Juvenile Brela camel of Cholistan Desert of Pakistan

Camel uses water and feed resources very sensibly under very harsh and hostile environmental conditions.  Camel is a very effective biological model, needs very scarce inputs and produce efficiently more than other livestock on per unit feed/water consumption. Details about the unique characteristics of camel can be revising from the following link:

http://www.articlesbase.com/nature-articles/a-unique-and-fascinating-creature-the-camel-4217611.html

In spite of all its characteristics camel is neglected animal among the policymakers both at national and international levels. Such negligence is resulting in the sinking of camel culture and there is a severe camel decline in some Asian countries, especial South East Asia. In the near past and present, the importance of camel is well realized and documented at different levels. Many scientific works of literature were produced to highlight camel importance on various aspects of camel, especially camel genetic resources and its milk production potential. Many camel projects were initiated and still continue on camel milk and other aspects in different parts of the world. To highlight the importance of camel and its challenges, a world camel day was proposed by the author and ultimately 22 June was declared as world camel day. Camel day will be celebrated in many parts of the world by camel scientists and activist to highlight it as an integral part of biodiversity and efficient biological model in the dry and deserted lands of the world.

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Author Riding Horse at the Doulat Camel Farm, Almaty Kazakhstan

Camels4Life, International Society of Camelids Research and Development (ISOCARD), Camel Association of Pakistan (CAP), Society of animal, vet and environmental scientists (SAVES) and LIFE Network Pakistan is going to celebrate this day by conducting seminars and media campaign in Pakistan. A page on Facebook is composed and the link is given below.

https://www.facebook.com/Camel4all

A link about the theme of the world camel day (2018)

The Camel Milk Story from the Gobi Desert Mongolia

As UN is celebrating the decade of Biodiversity, it is very in place to celebrate camel day and correlate it with the decade of biodiversity. Camel is very integral part of the world’s biodiversity and not harmful for flora/vegetation as camel takes few bites and walk to the other plant. Camel pad is like the cushion and not harmful for the plants in the rangelands and desert.

Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountains browsing on the twigs of acacia in the dry season

I’m hereby thankful to all camel scientists and activists who supported me for declaring a world camel day. I appeal to all the camel stakeholders, either they are herders, scientists or activist to take the active part in celebrating world camel day and to raise awareness about the uniqueness of camel and its products.

Balochi Horse of Balochistan

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Balochi horse is unique, highly efficient in the dry mountainous region of Balochistan. Th e horse is equally fit for plain lands, desert and mountainous ecosystems.

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Phenotypically very close to the African horse.  The horse has compact body size and having wide and strong canon bones. The horse is alert and smart. The horse is the part of rich culture of Baloch tribes. There are many colors of Balochi horse.

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The Baluchi horse is usually in many colors, i.e. white, chestnut, red, gray and black etc. They are light in build (but compact) and generally have a fine head, long neck, strong but fine legs and ears that curve in so the tips of the ears touch. 

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Balochi horse is use for different purposes in different regions of Balochistan and adjoining areas. In some areas it is use for riding/racing while in other areas for carting, drafting  etc.

 

This horse is integral part of Baloch culture and heritage. The breed has special traits like resistant to water and feed scarcity and resistant to some diseases.

I’m sure that the breed will continue its role in the days to come though the automobile revolution has affected its role as riding/carting animal.Balochis Horse.jpg

 

 

Camel is important in climate change scenario


Camel is precious animal genetic resourece and highly adapted to dry, harsh and hostile environment of its habitat. Camel, while consuming scanty and rough vegetation produces valuable and health friendly milk. It produces in the conditions where other aniaml event cannot keep soul and body together. In the global change affects and climate change scenario, camel is the most suitable animal to be use as an agent of food security. Camel rely on the marginal lands which are unable to produce crops. Water is the major limiting fector of dry lands and camel is the most effecienct animal in water economy. Unfortunately camel is always neglected while formulating policies for agricultural development. Camel is under threat in its natural habitat. There are many reason for this sad state of situation, all are man made. It is the utmost need of time to conserve camel with the perspectives of camel herders. Utilizaiton is the best conservation. Camel milk can be a good tool for its utilization and ulitimately conservation. With the help of this move, camel can be declared as a good farm animal rather than a beast of burden.