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Due to have no proper and effective supervision on the wetlands and their biodiversity, the wetlands have lost their beauty and become vulnerable spots for the fauna and flora of the area. Once these wetlands of Deh Akro-II were the favorite places for the migratory birds and for other fauna, and also many ani mal species such as deer, hog deer were found in huge quantity but today wet lands presenting very pathetic and deterioration conditions, which
demands very special attentions from all stakeholders and organizations working on the wetlands development, rehabilitation and management in Pakistan and abroad.
species of the world. On the eve of valentine day, th February 2010, Sangat Development Foun14 dation with support of Indus For All Program, WWF Pakistan organized one day seminar on the importance of the trees and wetlands to preserve and sustain the eco system and also plantation on the wetlands and plants distribution among the villagers of Faiz Muhammad Due to have no proper and effective supervision on the wetlands and their biodiversity, the wetlands have lost their beauty and become vulnerable spots for the fauna and flora of the area. Once these wetlands of Deh Akro-II were the favorite places for the migratory birds and for other fauna, and also many animal species such as deer, hog deer were found in huge More than 500 quantity but today wetplants of different lands presenting very kinds of species pathetic and deterioration conditions, which were also disturbed demands very special among the people of attentions from all stakevarious villagers of holders and organizathe adjoining tion working on the wetlands development, revillages. habilitation and management in Pakistan and abroad.
Pahnwar on the site of Chhuchh Wetland Deh Akro-II, Nawabshah. While speaking on the occasion, Captain Tasneem Muzaffar first offered his gratitude’s to Sangat team for undertaking environment and biodiversity friendly task, which would play greater role for the protection of ecosystem and also biodiversity of the Deh Akro-II which has been degraded largely since last couple of decades. He further said that there is need of sustained and long term efforts for the rehabilitation of very unique Deh Akro-II desert wetlands, which are harbouring very rare and vulnerable
He warned that if special and speedy efforts would not be taken for the development and rehabilitation of Deh Akro-II wetlands, the wetlands complex of more than 34 wetlands would be finished once for all. Mr. Faiz Muhammad Panhwar
always ignored in the past. He appreciated the efforts of the both organization and offered his full support and cooperation for rehabilitation of the wetlands of the area. He further added that influential persons of the
“Village Based Wetlands Protection Committees (VBWCPs)” efforts for the protection of the natural resources of the wetlands and their role in making all possible efforts to stop cutting and over greasing of the trees of the area, which are sole habitats for the endangered spe‐ cies of wetlands in Deh Akro‐II.
a local lord of the area has said that Sangat Development Foundation and WWF Pakistan are the first organizations working for the rehabilitation of the wetlands of the area, which were
district are involved in the large scale of deforestation in the area. “They used to cut the trees for making money but it is the wetlands and their biodiversity which has suffered a lot” he added. If the deforestation issue would not be resolved in Deh Akro-II, it would be tantamount of deliberate efforts by the anti nature elements to destroy the natural hub of wetlands and biodiversity of the area, which is very unique spot of the world. While speaking in the program, Mr. Nisar A. Brohi, Director, Sangat Development Foundation said that it is responsibility of all local
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stakeholders especially of the local community to play their role in the conservation efforts of the wetlands biodiversity in Deh Akro-II. Until and unless the local inhabitants would not show their commitment for the protec-
hands and make collective efforts for the protection and conservation of the biodiversity of the wetlands of Deh Akro-II. Mr. Brohi appreciated the efforts of “Village Based Wetlands Protection Committees (VBWCPs)” efforts for the protection of the natural resources of the wetlands and their role in making all possible efforts to stop cutting and over greasing of the trees of the area, which are sole habitats for the endangered species of wetlands in Deh Akro-II. He said that the VBWPCs are also striving for the stopping the illegal hunting of the endangered species’ of the areas, especially of the migratory birds-ambassadors for biodiversity. He also showed his concerns that once Deh Akro-II was welcoming spot of the migratory birds, but today it has become very dangers place for the vulnerable birds and animal species, because there has been no check on the illegal hunting in the area. He appealed to the local community to come forward and own the wetlands and their biodiversity and work for the conservation as well as protection of the remaining fauna and flora of the area.
tion and rehabilitation of the biodiversity of the wetlands, all efforts would be useless. He added that it is time we should all join
Mr. Ameer Hamza, Coordinator of Community Based Wetland Management in Deh Akro-II project said that we believed in holistic and participatory development and management, therefore, all designed activities of the project are ensuring full and effective community participation in the efforts for the biodiversity conservation and management of wetlands natural resources in the area.
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In the end of the program plantation was carried out on two spots in the area: Chhuchh Wetland Deh Akro-II and Otaq (meeting place) of Mr. Faiz Muhammad Panhwar, which is the nearest village of Chhuchh Wetland of Deh Akro-II. More than 500 plants of different kinds of species were also disturbed among the people of various villagers of the adjoining villages.