Piquing Debate, Pakistan
This project was designed for policymakers in Pakistan to acquire knowledge on mangrove conservation and for them to integrate this knowledge in policy development, project planning and to formulate projects on conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangroves. The main activity centered around holding a 2-day national conference and exposure visit to mangrove sites combined with a plantation campaign of 300 mangrove saplings to mark the International Year of Forests.
The project beneficiaries included policy-makers, general public and the private sector.
The project was designed to deliver the following results:
Communications: The project has published and disseminated a report on proceedings of the ’National Conference on Mangroves Ecosystems in Pakistan. Stories related to mangroves and other coastal resources were published in various newspapers including a newspaper editorial.
Gender: The project adopted a gender mainstreaming approach by ensuring that women stakeholders participated in all the events. Approximately, fifty women participated in the national conference and exposure visit.
Climate change: The national conference in Karachi highlighted the importance and role of mangroves in mitigating the effects of coastal floods and cyclone. HRDN subsequently organized two other events, an internal forum on “Climate Change - a Point of Concern”, conducted (as part of an HRDN retreat in Cape Town in April 2012) and a talk on “Climate Change Concerns and Pakistan” organised on 8th June 2012 in Islamabad.
The national conference received more media coverage than was expected including publication of an editorial in a leading English Newspaper. Media engagement was found to be a very useful tool in highlight critical environmental issues and to draw attention of policymakers.
1st Nov 2011 to 29th Feb 2012
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