LAHORE - Environmental journalists visited fishermen communities in Keti Bunder for climate change sensitization.

The field survey was organised by WWF-Pakistan through its “Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP)” project. The visit raised awareness about climate change and other related issues in coastal areas of Pakistan including sea intrusion, erosion, poverty, lack of health facilities, poor hygienic conditions, prevalent in coastal communities.

The visit is part of WWF-Pakistan’s commitment to empower environmental journalists with latest information and research about impacts of climate change in Pakistan.

Participating journalists interacted with affected communities and learnt about livelihoods and problems associated with climate change. Understanding of ecosystem management and climatic change adaptation initiatives of the programme were also a component of the field visit.

Journalists associated with print and electronic media visited Siddique Dablo village, a remote community of fishermen in Hajamro Creek at Keti Bunder which has witnessed the worst impacts of climate change.

The journalists were accompanied by WWF-Pakistan staff members. The village has only 35 households left since majority of the community members have migrated to other areas for safety and livelihood.

Tahir Abbasi, Site Coordinator, CCAP, WWF-Pakistan briefed journalists about problems of local communities including increased cyclonic activity, sea intrusion and less fish catch which badly affect fisher communities.

Journalists appreciated WWF-Pakistan’s interventions in the area including solar panels, crab fattening ponds, fishermen nets, elevated homes, mangrove plantation and iceboxes to keep the daily catch fresh. Participants agreed that strong policy making is required to mitigate climate change impacts in coastal areas of Pakistan. It was agreed that institutions need governmental support to mitigate climate change for human beings and for the biodiversity of the area.