Experts highlight need for continuity in wetlands management
BHURBAN August 20: A two day National Wetlands policy dialogue concluded in Bhurban today, with the Inspector General of Forests, Dr. Iqbal Sial calling for the establishment of a Wetlands Management Endowment Fund to fill the vaccum after the winding of the Pakistan Wetlands programme.
The Framework document prepared had been drafted after going through the process of 6 subnational consultation, in which all stakeholders were taken on board to highlight the provincial and local issues and discuss ways to address them
Over the two day dialogue in Bhurban, they were shared by the senior level decision makers from all provinces so that now the provinces can own the National policy and take it right down to the local level of wetland management.
The first day of the deliberations were focussed on a Writeshop where the objectives and issues were looked at in detail, while on the second day the feedback was take on the document and a general consensus developed after identification of the gaps and realignment of the strategies. Focal persons within the concerned agencies for wetland management were also identified.
The two day dialogue concluded with the presentation of the Draft of the National Wetlands Policy Framework document by Peter-John Meynell, The IUCN consultant. The document had been prepared through a consultative process that went through 6 sub national sessions involving all stakeholders.
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