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Wetlands Watch Newsletter Feburary 2010

Wetlands Watch Newsletter Feburary 2010

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Deh Akro-II
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
Lives &Livelihood
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.
president of press club expressed his fullcommitment to the cause undertaken bythe Sangatwith the sup-port of Indusfor all pro-gram, WWF,Pakistan andcooperation of Sindh Wild-life Depart-ment, Gov-ernment of Sindh.The project team led by Director, SangatDevelopment Foundation held meetingwith local jour-nalists at Jam-sahib PressClub andbriefed them indetail regard-ing the projectinterventionsand issues andchallenges of Deh Akro-IIwetlands. The
Meeting with Journalists atPress Club Jamsahib
engaged cutting of wetlands tress as woodfor fuel and also to meet their other neces-saries.There is need of comprehensive and longterm conservation policy for Deh Akro-IIwetlands and their biodiversity, throughwhich the local communities should be pro-vided alternative livelihood resources, asthe natural natures of the wetlands shouldbe made safe and secure.pending on herd rearing and other livestockin order to meet their daily livelihoodmeans. However, due to lack of awarenessand also educational facilities in the area,the local communities mostly engaged theirchildren in the sheepherding in this desertarea, which has played havoc with the livesand career of the children.Meanwhile, the livestock has largely de-graded to the herbs and shrubs of the wet-lands. With this also the local community is

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