Published On: Tue, Apr 16th, 2019
Published in Category: Karachi

Pakistan Navy Launches Mangroves Plantation Campaign For Greener Pakistan

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Karachi: Pakistan Navy, in line with the government’s vision of “Clean and Green Pakistan” launched “Pakistan Navy Mangroves Plantation Campaign 2019”.

Being fourth in the series, the campaign entails an effort to plant about two million Mangroves in the Coastal Areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Commander Coast, Vice Admiral Fayyaz Gillani graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the plantation campaign by planting saplings of mangroves at Port Bin Qasim area.

On the occasion, Vice Admiral Fayyaz Gillani highlighted that Mangroves plantation campaign offers a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our unique relationship with nature. Mangroves have been instrumental in fending-off adverse effects of coastal hazards spurred by the climatic changes. As a national responsibility for contribution towards a healthy environment and being a major stakeholder for the protection of maritime domain, Pakistan Navy has embarked upon a major initiative to preserve and revive mangroves forests all along the coastal belt. Pakistan Navy has planted over Four Million Mangroves in the coastal belt of Sindh and Balochistan during the last three years.

He said that deforestation of mangroves has not only distorted the biodiversity of our coastal areas but has also adversely affected the livelihoods of coastal communities. It is, therefore, imperative to forestall deforestation through integrated institutionalized measures to ensure sustainable development. He underscored that this plantation campaign is being launched with the expectation that it would not only increase the mangroves forest cover but will also play a key role in creating awareness among the masses on the importance of mangroves preservation and revival.

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