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Deh Akro-II Wetlands Watch May 2010

Deh Akro-II Wetlands Watch May 2010

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Deh Akro-II 
Wetlands Watch
 Monthly NewsletterVol: 1 No: VMay 2010
Deh Akro-II WetlandCommunity Constructed FirstEver Natural Hut as “Watchand Ward Point” at Chhachh Wetland
The mobilization efforts ofCommunity Based WetlandManagement Project launched bySangat Development Foundationwith cooperation of Sindh WildlifeDepartment and funded by Indus forAll Programme, WWF Pakistan hasstarted yielding results that the localcommunity of Deh Akro-II wetlandshas started ownership of thewetlands of Deh Akro-II. .In order to protect the naturalresources of the wetlands, the localcommunity has constructed the firstever natural hut on the Chhachhwetland, which would be used for
“Watch and Ward Point”.
According to the local community,they would use this natural hut aswatch and ward point, in order tocheck the over greasing, illegalhunting of wildlife and habitatdegradation on the wetlands of DehAkro-II, which is wildlife sanctuaryand Ramsar site.The wetlands indigenouscommunity has now fully realizedthat if these natural resources of thedesert wetlands complex oncedepleted, they and their nextgeneration would confront with un-ending drought and food problemsin future.Therefore, the local community hasrealized the potential and impendingthreats to their livelihood and their
According to the localcommunity, they would usethis natural hut as “Watchand Ward Point”, in order tocheck the over greasing,illegal hunting of wildlifeand habitat degradation onthe wetlands of Deh Akro-II, which is wildlifesanctuary and Ramsar site.
livestock as well as the wildlife of thenatural wetlands.The local community further saidthat frequent intrusion trips ofoutsiders have also played havocwith the natural resources andlargely degraded the wetlands andtheir biodiversity. So, these watchand ward points would be used astools to stop degradation of thenatural resources of the wetlandsfrom the intruders.
Celebration ofInternational Biodiversity DayIn Deh Akro-II Wetlands SiteMay 22, 2010 
Sangat Development FoundationNawabshah has celebrated theinternational biodiversity day onDeh Akro-II wetlands with localcommunity with theme
“Biodiversity, Development andPoverty Alleviation”
While speaking on the occasion Mr.Nisar A. Brohi, Director WetlandProgram of Sangat DevelopmentFoundation said that communitybased biodiversity conservation andsustainable use is the only way tosustainable development andpoverty alleviation from the area.Mr. Brohi appealed the local andindigenous communities of DehAkro-II to come forward and playtheir constructive role in theprotection and conservation of thenatural resources. These naturalresources are not only essential forthe survival of the humancommunity but are also solelivelihood means and feedingground for the animals and also localand migratory bird species.Mr. Faiz Muhammad Panhwar,member of Wetland ProtectionCommittee (WPC) of first ever“Community Based WetlandManagement Project in Deh Akro-II”, said that if the local communitieswould have formed Watch andWard Committees
in thepast and would have been playing aswatch agents on the wetlandresources, today’s condition of thefauna and flora would have been indifferent.However, the timely biodiversityconservation and rehabilitation ofwetlands project by SangatDevelopment Foundation withsupport of Indus for All Programme,WWF Pakistan would have longlasting positive effects on thewetlands and those indigenouscommunities who and their livestock

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