Saturday, May 04, 2013
KARACHI: World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF – Pakistan) and Sindh Community Development Programme (CDP) jointly organised the launching ceremony of ‘Integrated Approach to Skill Development and Provision of Sustainable Livelihoods at Chotiari Sanghar’.
Government officials of CDP, Planning and Development Department; Fisheries and Livestock departments, representatives of NGOs, journalists, local community and civil society members attended the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Programme Director CDP Aijaz Mahesar said that efforts of different departments and organisations are required to address poverty. He maintained that to tackle this issue government commenced a programme in 2008 to assist the local communities in collaboration with NGOs, adding that currently 72 projects are being implemented in different areas of Sindh, while 24 new projects have also been approved. He said that the present project would create livelihood opportunities for indigenous people and develop their skills. He insisted that the local communities should own the projects so that sustainable development may be achieved.
Director Inland Fisheries Department Ghulam Mujtaba Wadhar assured of technical support and guidance in fisheries sector for successful implementation of the project. He hoped that the local community would participate and largely to benefit from the project.
Director WWF Pakistan Rab Nawaz highlighted the ecological significance of Chotiari Wetlands Complex and informed the audience that it is one of 15 ecologically important landscapes in the Indus Ecoregion.
He also said that it is a complex of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem of deep water, shallow marshes riverine forest, agricultural land and sandy dunes. He further said that it is home to Marsh Crocodile, Smooth Coated Otter, Hog deer, Chinkara, Desert Cat, Fishing Cat Wild Boar, Desert hare and others. The area provides a habitat to thousands of resident and migratory birds. “Over 120 bird species have been recorded here,” he added.
Programme Sociologist WWF Pakistan Shahzadi Tunio said that the project aims to provide alternate livelihood means to local communities to reduce pressure on natural resources. The target communities could be equipped with requisite skills and knowledge for managing sustainable livelihoods with indigenous resource base, she said.
Talking about the themes of the programme, such as livestock, agriculture and fisheries, she said Best Management Practices (BMP) would be used in these sectors to achieve maximum output. “Beneficiaries of the project include 700 households from 10 villages of Chotiari Wetlands Complex,” she concluded. Source Daily Times
Published: Zarai Media Team
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