Islamabad - Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal on Monday said that preservation and conservation of wetland is a prime responsibility and CDA is working on different projects of preserving the wetland to enhance the natural beauty of the federal capital.

Maroof Afzal expressed these views during a cleanliness drive and awareness walk organised in collaboration with WWF here at Lakeview Park on the occasion of World Wetland Day.

On this occasion, Member Environment, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, officers, officials of CDA and children of different schools have also participated in the awareness walk. The participants of walk also displayed banners and placards inscribed with different slogans about the conservation and preservation of wetlands.

While Afzal along with participants of the awareness walk also collected the litter from the surroundings of Rawal Lake.

The chairman CDA stressed on the importance of wetlands and said that wetland has great importance and is so beneficial for humanity as it provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife, including other endangered species.

He said that preservation and conservation of wetland improve the quality of water, stores the flood water control the shoreline erosion, economically beneficial for natural products used by people.

He added that wetland are the rich source recreational activities, while provide the opportunities for research and education activities.

The chairman CDA said that the authority is making all-out efforts improve the sanitation system in its available resources, adding that sanitation system has been upgraded in line with modern and latest technology and using the mechanical sweeper for sanitation to overcome the environmental pollution.

He said that according to survey, presently there are 200 wetlands in the country out of which 19 wetlands internationally renowned. Chairman CDA hailed the participation of children and said that the purpose of participation of children in the wetland awareness walk is of immense importance as they are our future so they should have the knowledge and importance of wetlands. Chairman CDA highly appreciated the efforts of Environment Wing for organizing such a successful event and said that CDA is working on human welfare and beneficial projects.

He added that CDA in collaboration with partner organizations is also working on conservation and preservation of Margalla Hills National Park area and wildlife.    

Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal said that the Authority has installed water filtration plants, which provide clean drinking water to the residents of the city as per hygienic standards, adding that these filtration plants are being effectively monitored consistently.

While CDA is collecting sample of water on regular basis for laboratory test to ensure hygienic condition, he said.