Flash floods in February caused damage over a wide area, killing “29 people in various areas”, according to Adnan Khan, spokesman for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP). They tend to be much more destructive than regular flooding because of the element of surprise, and the force of the water, which carries far more boulders and other debris, destroying infrastructure like roads, dams and irrigation systems.
IUCN Pakistan is in the process of negotiating with Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Limited (PIBT) an initiative focused on mangrove restoration and planting in Korangi Phitti Creek System near Port Qasim, Karachi. IUCN began its efforts to restore degraded mangroves forests in Pakistan in the early nineties and these efforts are still ongoing. For several years restoration was carried out in Sindh and Balochistan and over 30,000 hectares have been restored and restocked.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will soon initiate projects to improve soil quality in areas with saline and water-logged soils, FAO country representative Dr Kevin Gallagher said on Monday. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day conference on Saline Agriculture: Fighting Hunger and Poverty in Southern Punjab at the Abbasia Campus of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.
Chairman Intellectual Property Organization Pakistan, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, has emphasised on initiating adaptation and mitigation projects in Pakistan to combat the climate change reactions. Afridi MNA participated in International Meeting of Parliamentarians on Climate Change held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He had detailed bilateral talks with the parliamentarians of most vulnerable countries and discussed the confronting issues being faced by the affected countries.
Marine life is on the brink of disaster. And so are the fishermen’s lives. The situation is more serious in Sindh because of the persistent and widespread use of illegal nets. Unlike Balochistan, fishermen here have never managed to form a united front to safeguard their livelihood and reject the use of harmful fishing methods. These were some of the important points highlighted at a national symposium organised by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) at a local hotel on Wednesday.