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 Karachi, 24 August 2011:

10th Meeting of Indus Ecoregion Steering Committee held

Karachi, Aug 24: The 10th meeting of the Indus Ecoregion Steering Committee (IESC) held on August 24, 2011 at the Planning & Development Department, Government of Sindh. The Chief Economist Dr. Qazi Masood Ahmed chaired the meeting on behalf of Additional Chief Secretary, Planning & Development Department Government of Sindh.

The Team Leader Indus for All Programme, Mr. Rab Nawaz gave background of Indus for All Programme being implemented in four sites including Keti Bunder, Keenjhar, Chotiari and Pai in partnership with key stakeholders. He highlighted principles of eco region based conservation, context of Indus for All Programme, design stages of the programme, and implementation mechanism.

The meeting was briefed about the major achievements of Indus for All Programme from January to July 2011. The Programme Coordinator Mr. Nasir Ali Panhwar, while briefing said that Sindh Wildlife Ordinance 1972 has been revised in consultation with stakeholders and sent to law department for vetting. He informed that under NRM plan, community based crab culture has been established in Keti Bunder, de-weeding of exotic flora was undertaken in Keenjhar Lake, while five hotspots of smooth coated otter have been identified for its management in Chotiari. He informed that family drip irrigation system has been installed in village near Pai Forest. Under the livelihood development plan, fishing nets and floating matkas have been provided to 20 fishermen in Keenjhar Lake, while wind sails and engines were provided to 30 fishermen in Keti Bunder. A computer centre and two home based bakeries have been established in villages of Pai. He also informed that information and conservation centres established in Keenjhar Lake and Chotiari have been formally inaugurated. While various activities related to awareness raising including observing significant environmental days, youth greening activities and local festivals were organized in four sites.         

Project Manager Climate Change Adaptation, WWF Pakistan Ms. Khadija Zaheer briefed the meeting about recently launched project titled Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan. She informed that five year project is supported by Eurpean Union and will be implemented in Keti Bunder, Kharo Chan and Jiwanil.  She informed that Project has four thematic areas including ccoastal ecosystems and mangrove forests, natural resource dependent livelihoods, building capacity and outreach and awareness.

Deputy Secretary Finance Mr. Asif Ikram Special Secretary Local Government Mr. M. Suleman Chandio,  Deputy Secretary Forest and Wildlife Mr. Hyder Raza Khan, Senior Chief Water and Drainage Planning and Development Mr. Fazal Ahmed Nizamani, DG Fisheries Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Mahar, DCO Sanghar Mr. Ahmed Bux Khokhar, Mr. Shafique Rehman EDO Works & Services Thatta, Director Coastal Programme IUCN Mr. Tahir Qureshi, Mr. Shahryar Kazi representative of DG Coastal Development Authority, Mr. Ahmed Zaman Khan Director FPCCI,  Mr. Azam Channa representative of Secretary Agriculture, NRM Coordinator Mr. Umeed Khalid, Manager Policy & Partnership Fund Mr. Altaf Shaikh, Manager WWF Sindh Mr. Subhash Dewani  and others attended the meeting. 


For further Information:

Nasir Ali Panhwar
Programme Coordinator
Programme Management Unit - Karachi
+92-213- 4544791-2


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