Karachi: The Pakistan Navy recently commenced with its 5th campaign to plant mangroves in the coastal lands of Sindh and Balochistan, a news source reported.
Reportedly, Commander Coast Vice Admiral Faisal Rasool Lodhi inaugurated the Pakistan Navy Mangroves Plantation Campaign 2020, and planted Mangrove saplings at Port Bin Qasim. The plantation campaign has been coordinated with the government’s vision of a “Clean and Green Pakistan”. The campaign is expected to lead to the planting of about 3 million Mangroves in the coastal areas.
The Chief of Naval Staff Zafar Mahmood Abbasi took the opportunity to emphasise the severe challenges posed by deforestation and climate change. In his message, he said that Mangroves had declined along the coast — leading to the degradation of the marine ecosystem and affecting the biodiversity of coastal regions.
Although the Mangrove population has deteriorated over the years on the coast, the Pakistan Navy has taken major initiatives to rejuvenate the Mangrove forests once again. The Pakistan Navy initiated its first campaign of Mangroves Plantation four years back, and has planted over 6 million Mangroves in the region since then.