UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (838), established in 2009 at the University of Karachi (Pakistan).


Halophyte utilization and ecophysiology.


  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of halophyte utilization and ecophysiology. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Pakistan and the Asia and the Pacific region.
  • The overall objectives of its activities are to:
  • explore the potential of indigenous halophytic plants by using brackish water and saline land; and
  • prepare a team of scientists capable of conducting state of the art research in various aspects of halophyte biology.

Host Institution

Progress Report 2009-2010 (short version)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences, UNESCO Office in Islamabad.


Prof. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, University of Karachi, Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization
E-Mail address -
- P.O. Box 8452
City - Karachi
Postal Code
- 75270
Country - Pakistan