Pakistan has more arid climate mangroves than anywhere else on Earth.
Pakistan has the highest annual deforestation rate in Asia and forests cover is less than 2.5 per cent of the total land.
WWF-Pakistan has been engaging in successful mangrove restoration efforts for years. According to the Daily Times, WWF-Pakistan and Artistic Fabric and Garment Industries will aim to plant 27,000 saplings in Karachi by the end of March 2018.
The Article notes, “Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Babar Khan, Regional Head (Sindh and Balochistan), WWF-Pakistan said that according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the year 2017 was among the three warmest years on record. Hence, there is an urgent need to connect people to nature as part of our shared responsibility and sustainable future. He also said that Pakistan has the highest annual deforestation rate in Asia and forests cover is less than 2.5 per cent of the total land. He further shared that there is an urgent need of initiating massive plantation drives in and near metropolitan cities like Karachi to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change. Climatic events, like the Karachi heatwave in 2015 caused more than one thousand human mortalities, which was very appalling.”
For more information, please contact Rab Nawaz of WWF-Pakistan.
Statement from the Government of Pakistan on World Mangrove Day 2017