Growing environmental degradation is going to become one of the major problems even for economic managers, as the vicious combination of increasing population and deteriorating environment is expected to further worsen the state of poverty in the country.
LEAD Pakistan has been working on the promotion of environmentally sensitive development since 1997 and has recently initiated a process of capacity building and program planning in Climate Change (CC) in Pakistan. LEAD firmly believes that serious and immediate actions need to be taken by various stakeholders to fully understand and respond to the grave impacts of climate change, requiring a realignment of Pakistan’s commitment towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The project mainly focuses on involving communities in conservation of mangroves wetlands in Indus delta. Activities proposed in the project are mainly focused on educating and involving local communities in conservation of mangroves to protect ecologically important coastal wetlands. Activities associated with the main objective would lead to more sensitized local communities and forest department. The attached work plan gives timeframe for each activity.
The lush greenery along the waterway leading to fields in the outskirts of Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore is somewhat out of place in what used to be a water-scarce area. The grass is sign of running water in the canal, which used to be clogged by weeds and sediments.
“The water was barely enough to irrigate two of about 40 hectares of land I have,” says Chaudhary Zaheeruddin, a farmer in his late fifties. “We used to have water only during the winter and not during the dry months when need is greatest,” he adds.