STAFF REPORT KHI: Due to lack of freshwater flow and dumping of untreated effluents, 12 out of the 42 natural wetlands in Sindh have completely dried up while the rest are becoming more and more water depleted and polluted.
“With over 225 nationally significant wetlands, Pakistan is well endowed with a wide variety of wetlands ranging from the mountain ranges to the coast. But without adequate water to maintain the wetlands, they will disappear,” World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistans Programme Coordinator, Nasir Ali Panhwar, said this while speaking at an event organised to mark the World Wetlands Day.
Emphasising that Keenjhar, being an important source of water for Karachi, should be made pollution free, the WWF coordinator was of the view that the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board should allocate at least one per cent of its income for the revival of this lake and the well-being of its inhabitants.
In his remarks, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) Chairman M. Ali Shah said that wetlands are heavily dependent on the Indus River for water but the agriculture sector is given more attention compared to wetlands. “The wetlands should be treated on equal footing with the agriculture sector,” he opined.

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