IUCN Pakistan is in the process of negotiating with Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Limited (PIBT) an initiative focused on mangrove restoration and planting in Korangi Phitti Creek System near Port Qasim, Karachi.
IUCN began its efforts to restore degraded mangroves forests in Pakistan in the early nineties and these efforts are still ongoing. For several years restoration was carried out in Sindh and Balochistan and over 30,000 hectares have been restored and restocked. Under this afforestation programme many exotic and indigenous species have been re-planted on an experimental basis throughout the coast.
The planting programme proposed is essentially a pilot project to begin developing the approaches, mechanisms and partnerships through small scale demonstrative interventions that may be replicated for a longer term programme. The initiative will focus on increasing the mangrove cover in the area, raise community awareness on the role of mangroves in coastal ecosystems and enable communities to effectively engage on mangrove restoration.
The activity will be linked to the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme in Pakistan in encouraging environmentally sustainable business practices.
The engagement is expected to inculcate a better understanding of environmental and conservation issues looking also to empower communities towards sustainable practices. There is an opportunity to set industry best practices as the terminal is the first of its kind in Pakistan.