desert wetland islocated in district Shaheed Bena-zirabad (Nawabshah), Sindh,Pakistan. The sanctuary is 46 kmnortheast of Nawabshah City. Itis a natural wetland comprising32 lakes and a complex of fourmajor habitats types, desert, wet-land, marsh and agriculturallands. The wetland complex has aunique example of desert wetlandecosystem that hosts a variety of rare and endangered wildlife spe-cies. Deh Akro-II wetland sup-ports more than 18 species of mammals, 16 species of reptiles,14 species of fish, and 101 speciesof birds and regularly supportsover 20,000 waterbirds. This sitealso supports a small population 500-600 of marsh crocodiles. It is an important feedingand spawning ground for several indigenousfish species. The desert is characterised bysand dunes with well developed herbs/shrubsand trees. The agricultural land comprisespatches of irrigated agricultural fields lyingadjacent to the desert. Deh Akro-II wetlandfauna includes waterbirds, crocodiles, ottersand fish. In 1988, the wetland was declared aWildlife Sanctuary. Its total area is
20,500ha.The majority of the local communities livingon the sides of the wetlands are poor and de-
Deh Akro-II Wetlands
Meanwhile, thelivestock has largelydegraded to the herbsand shrubs of thewetlands. With this alsothe local community isengaged cutting of wetlands tress as woodfor fuel and also to meettheir othernecessaries.