IUCN plants 10,000 mangrove saplings to mark National Tree Plantation Day

18 August 2009 | International news release

KARACHI August 18: It was all fanfare and activity on a mudflat island beyond Rehri village in the Korangi creek as IUCN staff, local community members and students of schools in Ibrahim Hyderi and Rehri village got down to the task of planting 6000 mangrove saplings.

This activity was undertaken to support the initiative of the Ministry of Environment, which had declared August 18 as the National Tree Plantation Day, IUCN-Pakistan undertook to plant 10,000 mangrove saplings.

The declaration of the ee Plantation Day was a part of the government’s resolve to create awareness about the meager forest cover in the country, and to motivate people to enhance the tree cover, especially as 2009 has also been declared as the National Year of Environment.

Assisted by local community members, and school students belonging to the area, IUCN staff members coordinated the activity by providing them mangrove saplings from their nursery and assisting them in planting them on a site selected by the Coastal Marine expert Tahir Qureshi.

6000 saplings were planted in the designated area by people varying in ages from 5 years to 60 years. The balance of 4000 saplings have been planted in the IUCN area of work in Jiwani along the coast of Balochistan.

For more information, please contact:
Afia Salam
Coordinator, Education, Communications and Outreach.
IUCN Pakistan
1 Bath Island Road
Clifton, Karachi 75530
+92 21 5861540 (Work)
+92 21 5835760 (Fax)
Cell : 0300 0223019
email: afia.salam@iucnp.org
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