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Feburary 25, 2010:Badin

Need for Participatory Forest Management urged

The people living in forest areas in Sindh are the poorest of the poor. This was stated by the Chief Conservator Forest Sindh Aijaz Nizamani, while speaking at the seminar organized by Badin Development and Research Organization in collaboration with WWF. He said that Forest department need to adopt change management plan to
protect the forest with the incentive to local community to improve their livelihood. He said that present lease policy may be changed into partnership policy. The Chief Conservator said that agro forestry may be promoted and in this regard the department would extend full support to the civil society organizations. He said that department is
responsible for eight lakh acres forest area in Sindh and community can play vital role in protecting and bringing more land under forest cover. He said that department would make efforts for lining of Rajwah minor dedicated to Booharki forest.

Dr. Khalida Sikandar Mendhro said that Badin District is located in tail end of the irrigation system and acute shortage of water has not only affected the environment of the district but the socio economic conditions have also been affected. The Programme Coordinator Indus for All Programme of WWF, Nasir Ali Panhwar said that Badin
Development & Research Organization with technical and financial support of WWF has rehabilitated hundred acres in Booharki Forest in Badin by addressing issues related to deforestation, shortage of irrigation water and unawares among the community about the management of forest. He said that this initiative would serve as successful
model in which community, Sindh Forest department and civil society organization have worked together to rehabilitee the forest. He said that WWF has extended support to Sindh Forest department to review the
Forest act 1927 so that new concepts of forest management may be included in the act. He said that forest in Sindh is facing numerous challenges including water shortages, poverty, over population, increasing demand of fuel and timber, over grazing and illegal occupation. The Conservator Forest Riaz Wagan said that forests in Sindh can be protected with participatory approaches and department would seek support from all stakeholders. Aftab Akhund Manager Partnership Fund WWF said that with little support of WWF local organization has been able to show changes on ground. He said that management of natural resources may be given top priority both at policy and local level. Mohammad Khan Samoon, Prof. Abadullah Mallah, Abdullah Turk Ms. Najam Mallah, Haroon Gopang and others highlighted the significance of forest for the social, ecological and economic development. Later, the participants visited the Booharki forest, where the representatives of Badin Development and Research Organization apprised them about the major achievements including plantation of Acacia on hundred acres and repair of dismantle
watercourse from RD 80 to 85. They said that bee farming would be started soon with the involvement of local community.

For further Information:

Nasir Ali Panhwar
, Programme Coordinator,
Indus for All Programme, WWF – Pakistan
Contact: 0300 3079491,

Muhammad Zafar Khan
, Manager Communications and Environmental Education
Contact: 0300-3495901
, email: zafar.hilbi@gmail.com

Badrunnisa Tunio,
Communications Officer,
Indus for All Programme, WWF – Pakistan




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