Depleting mangroves have negative effects on the coastal environment. Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has warned that the marine environment is continuously in danger by coastal erosion and degradation of the marine ecosystem.

Depleting mangroves not only affect coastal biodiversity but also the livelihood of our coastal communities.

In a message on the occasion of Pakistan Navy mangroves plantation campaign 2020, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) impressed upon that it is imperative to forestall deforestation through well-conceived policies and integrated institutional measures for economic growth.

The CNS reminded that the mangroves plantation campaign rekindles the importance being accorded to the noble national cause of developing “Green Coastal Belt” in line with the government of Pakistan initiative of ‘Clean and Green Pakistan.’

Pakistan Navy has been undertaking Mangroves Plantation Campaigns for the last four years during which over six million mangroves have been planted along the Coastal Belt of Sindh and Balochistan with encouraging survival rate.

These initiatives, aside from mass plantation, also served to raise awareness regarding the importance of mangroves, their protection and to curb deforestation through institutionalized measures.

The admiral also maintained that it is a known fact that mangroves are effective in dealing with the adverse effects of coastal hazards that may arise due to climate change.