Sand Dune Stabilization for Mangrove Protection in Miani Hor
Miani Hor is a coastal lagoon along the Balochistan coast which is known for the natural occurrence of three species of mangrove, namely Avicennia marina, Ceriops tagal, and Rhizophora mucronata. The local communities residing here are dependent on mangroves for fuel wood and fodder, and also on the fisheries which the mangroves support. While the lagoon’s natural vegetation is being adversely affected due to a number of human factors, such as illegal cutting for firewood and fodder, another factor, which has been given rather less importance, is the migration of sand dunes which are smothering the mangroves in the south and south western area of the lagoon.
The aim of this project is to bring this issue to the forefront and attempt to arrest the migration of sand dunes and restore areas which have already been affected by it. To this end, mangroves will be replanted after an initial survey to assess the areas already affected; awareness will be raised by providing information to stakeholders who can then use this knowledge to further conserve and manage mangroves in this region. University students will also be given the opportunity to study this topic. Awareness will be raised among the local communities in the region which, along with the Balochistan Forest Department, will continue to protect the mangroves once the project activities have been completed.
The communities in Miani Hor, particularly in the towns/settlements of Dam, Sonmiani and Bhera.
Project brochures published.
No particular emphasis on the topic of gender equality in this project, though some mention is made of recognising the differences between men and women with respect to access to, and use of, resources, means of production and income generation.
The restoration of six hectares of mangroves will result in better resilience to climate change for communities along the coast
Maini Hor, Lasbela District, Balochistan
5th Jul 2013 to 5th May 2014
Coastal Association for Research and Development (CARD)
Muhammad Anwar Mundra