WWF in Pakistan: An initiative to protect nature

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The nature has always been playing part in one’s survival to rise up. However, whatever the matter we can’t deny that the destruction in ancient times were some after-effects of violating the nature. Till today the Human’s interruption, intentionally or unintentionally has directly or indirectly been affecting the biological diversity and world’s geography.

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But all along it, there is always someone with aim to do something beneficial for all, in the scenario WWF came up with aim to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

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WWF was established in 1961, later different regional and country offices were setup to upheld the cause.

WWF-Pakistan

In Pakistan, WWF emerged in 1970 and till the date has done a lot as per their manifesto. Today, WWF Pakistan has a total of 29 offices – it works through 22 project offices, 6 regional offices in Gilgit, Islamabad, Karachi, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar and Quetta, and head office office located in Lahore.

The organisation has been delivering in the field as they introduced several projects, which successfully got completed and even they are up with many projects, which are directly linked to the forests, freshwater, species, sustainable agriculture and many others.

WWF- Priority species in Pakistan

What are priority species?

A “priority species” is reflective of a key threat across that ecoregion – such that conservation of the species will contribute significantly to a broader threat mitigation outcome. It is often crucial to the economic and/or spiritual wellbeing of peoples within that ecoregion.

List of priority species in Pakistan

  • Indus River Dolphin
  • Leopard
  • White backed vulture
  • Marine Turtles
  • Freshwater Turtles
  • Cetacean
  • Sharks
  • Tuna
  • Marco Polo Sheep
  • Migratory Water fowls
  • Otter
  • Blue Sheep
  • Himalayan Ibex
  • Himalayan Lynx
  • Balochistan Black Bear
  • Markhor
  • Hog Deer
  • Indian or Thick-tailed Pangolin, Punjab Urial

WWF-Pakistan is working for their survival in different ways and it also tells that how the common people can play their part in doing so.

WWF-Pakistan ongoing projects

WWF-Pakistan classifies the projects in the following areas: Forests, Freshwater, Market Transformation/ Sustainable Agriculture Programme, Species, Climate Change, Marine.

Forests

Improving Sub-watershed Management and Environmental Awareness around Ayubia National Park (G200 – Western Himalayas)– Phase VII

Preparation of Action Plan and Capacity Building for a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) for REDD+

Analysis of Forest Cover and Change in WWF Priority Places

Freshwater

City-wide Partnership for Sustainable Water Use and Water Stewardship in SMEs in Lahore, Pakistan

Water Stewardship in Pakistan

Improving Livelihoods of Fishermen Communities of Central Indus Wetlands Complex, Pakistan through Effective Natural Resource Management

Environmental Baseline Survey and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Modernization of Jinnah Barrage Under Punjab Barrages Improvement Phase II Project

Installation of Drinking Water Facilities in the City of Lahore for the Local Communities

Alliance of Water Stewardship Standards

Market Transformation/ Sustainable Agriculture Programme

Sustainable Cotton Production in Pakistan’s Cotton Ginning SMEs

Pakistan Sugarcane Improvement Programme – II

Better Cotton Fast Track Fund (BCFTF) – Jhang, Sukkhur/Ghotki, Rahim Yar Khan

Pakistan Sustainable Cotton Initiative-III, (PSCI-III)

Promotion of Water Stewardship in Cotton Growing Area of Punjab

Exploring Possibilities of Organic Seed Cotton Production in Pakistan

Species

Gyps Vulture Restoration Project

Conserving the Critically Endangered Gyps Vulture through Effective Habitat Protection and Community Based Livestock Management

Conserving Snow Leopard and Alpine Wetlands – A Strategy to Manage Qurumber National Park, Ghizer (Pakistan)

Community Based Conservation of Snow Leopard and Improved Watershed Management

Common Leopard Conservation Project

Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade by Establishing National Monitoring Network that Benefits Local Communities & Environment

Climate Change

Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) in Upper Indus River Basin, Pakistan

Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan

Enhancing the Value of Hydrological Resources for Livelihoods, Youth Employability and Resilience, an R&D Pilot in Giligt-Baltistan, Pakistan

Agricultural Water, Energy and Hazard Management in the Upper Indus Basin for Improved Livelihood

Marine

Indian Ocean Skipjack and Bait Fish Management

SFI- Norad- Implementing Maldives Pole and Line Tuna Port Sampling Project and VMS/AIS Analysis within the Pakistani Gillnet Fleet

Socio Economic Impact Evaluation for Indian Ocean Tuna FIPs and MSC

Promote the Conservation of Large Whales in Northern Indian Ocean focusing on the Arabian Sea Population of Humpback Whales

Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction- By catch in Indian Ocean

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