WWF, JS Bank is launching Balochistan Mangrove Planting Drive

Quetta: According to a media source, the World Wildlife Fund of Pakistan and the JS Bank recently initiated a planting tree campaigns in Balochistan in order to mitigate the consequences of global warming and climate change. The two agencies will plant 100,000 mangrove saplings along the coastline of the region in order to improve forest cover to promote this measure.

The objective of that campaign is to control water cycles throughout Pakistan by spreading green cover. The opening event observed the planting of saplings at Miani Hor as the area is famous for mangroves, marine dolphins and a large number of spices of coastal birds.

WWF Head of the regional Sindh and Balochistan Dr Babar Khan said that Pakistan is the seventh-largest region of mangroves in the world and that this forest is one of the main coastal ecosystems widely dispersed throughout the coast of Pakistan.


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JS Bank President and CEO Bashir Shamsie said his organization's concerns about environmental protection and conservation issues have long been shared. By working with the WWF, the bank has moved towards effective mitigation of declining tree coverage, strengthening communities that reside on natural resources and improving the food safety chain, he added. He continued by saying that JS Bank saw the implementation in its Headquarters of WWF Green Office protocol for the preservation and reduction of resources.

A media source also revealed that the administration of Balochistan had chosen to build five touristic spots along the coastline of the province. As part of the tourism growth efforts of the federal government, the officials involved intend to foster the picturesque coastal area of the province.

The Management has lately assigned PKR 150 million to revise the coastal master plan and build tourist destinations in Malir, Aurmara, Jioni, Gadani and Kalmat.

It also assigned PKR 1,467 billion to upgrade and promote fisheries to increase revenue generation. From this amount, the Department of Fisheries ' expenditures would receive a total of PKR 739 million.

The federal govt would also establish a Fishermen Cooperatives Society to assure the well-being of the local fishing society. The Naya Pakistan Housing Program (NPHP) has also established a quota for fishermen.


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