Promoting Integrated Coastal Management

Integrated coastal management

Project title:  Integrated Approach for Education, Capacity Building and Livelihood Development of Coastal Communities in Sindh and in Baluchistan Provinces

Location: Karachi and Thatta districts (Sindh province) and Gawadar district (Baluchistan province), Pakistan

Duration: 2016 – 2017

Project background:

The coastal areas of Sindh and Baluchistan are plagued by numerous problems – among them are the depletion and degradation of mangrove forests due to a lack of understanding of their economic and ecological value; sea intrusion onto agricultural land due to a reduction in freshwater flow to the Indus Delta (with subsequent effects on livelihoods); over-fishing and destructive fishing practices (such as the use of small-mesh nets); illegal wildlife trade; and a lack of basic education, health, and market access.

The aim of this project is to promote integrated coastal management in these provinces while addressing the factors that contribute to livelihood vulnerability. This will be done by imparting environmental education in schools, conserving coastal biodiversity resources, promoting eco-tourism and building capacity in coastal communities so that they can better manage their livelihood resources.

Objectives of the project:

  • To promote integrated coastal management by sensitizing coastal communities regarding the importance of coastal biodiversity, protecting turtles, and encouraging eco-tourism while ensuring a positive impact on the livelihoods of these communities.

Expected outputs:

  • Running an environmental education programme in 50 schools through awareness sessions, educational visits and dissemination of posters;
  • Conducting research in the illegal trade of freshwater turtles and recommending measures for addressing the same;
  • Conserving sea turtles by protecting their nests and creating awareness among beach hut watchers;
  • Building the capacity of fisher folk in natural resource management; and
  • Promoting mangrove based eco-tourism by constructing the required infrastructure, developing an eco-tourism operational plan, and capacitating local civil society organization for active involvement in the same.

Donor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Work area: Biodiversity, Civil society, Marine and coastal ecosystems, Species

Location: Asia Pakistan



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