Last month, the WWF-Pakistan has launched an eco friendly joint venture to plant 180,000 mangrove saplings in the coastal belt of Pakistan. This plantation is a part of the Rung Do Pakistan campaign which is an environmental campaign for a greener Pakistan. This was third phase of the plantation campaign in which 180,000 saplings were planted at Sandspit in the coastal belt of Pakistan. This plantation is expected to restore the lost resilience of the local communities to tackle with climate change and other natural disasters, particularly soil erosion and coastal flooding in the area. The mangrove forest-cover averts the adverse impacts of climate change and regulates water cycles. (The News)
The WWF-Pakistan had encouraged individuals, corporate sector and other civil society partners to donate and cooperate towards the cause. The set target is of 1.4 million plants from 14 August 2018 to 14 August 2019. (WWF-Pakistan)
Pakistan is known to have the 7th largest mangrove forest in the world; stated Regional Head Sindh and Balochistan WWF-Pakistan, Dr. Babar Khan. He emphasized that these trees are omnipotent features of coastal ecosystems; are the first line of defence against cyclones, strong surges, tsunami and other natural calamities impacting the coastal areas of Pakistan. The majority of mangrove forests are found in the Indus Delta, a region categorized as one of the most productive Global 200 Eco-regions of the world. (The News)
The mangrove forests are distinct ecosystem which functions as a feeding ground and shelter for fish species. The oceanic dumping of industrial waste, sewage water or reduced flow of fresh water is counter effecting the coastal habitat and leading to death of the plants. (The News)
The Sindh Forest Department (SFD) once again secured the Guinness World Record for planting the maximum number of mangrove saplings during the daylight hours in Keti Bunder, Thatta District, along Sindh coast. The total number of saplings planted by the closing of the time was 1,129,294. The Department broke its own previous record of 847,275 that was set in the year 2013. (Pakistan Today)
Mangroves are not only a national property but are a vital part of the world environment and need to be conserved. In an environment of sea-blindness and lack of awareness of the presence and importance of the mangroves, the government has taken positive steps in their preservation.