Published On: Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014

Propagation of environmental education urged


World Wildlife Fund for Nature—WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with Karachi Youth Initiative organized a three day Eco-Travel Internship trip to Chotiari Wetland Complex at WWF-Pakistan’s Chotiari Information Centre, some 250 kilometers from provincial capital of Karachi, the Sanghar district of Sindh province.

According to a Press Statement issued by Asif Ali Sandeelo, the Communication Officer, WWF-Pakistan, stated that the objective of the activity was to increase environmental awareness and to engage youth in hands on environment awareness, team building and leadership activities. Around 100 youth from Saddar and Kemari towns of Karachi were selected for this camping expedition.

Activities in the three days included nest making,desert walk, camping for harmony and other activities. Participants used a spotting scope to view birdsat the break of dawn. They used GPS to identify locations in the desert. Participants spent one night at WWF-Pakistan’s Chotiari Information Centre and the second night at Padhrio, a district in Sanghar.

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Maleeha Habib, Assistant Manager, Eco-Internship Programme of WWF-Pakistan said that Sindh has a great potential for eco-tourism which need to be explored. She emphasized the need to provide environmental education to students and inculcate in them the responsible attitude towards ownership of the natural resources in country. ‘Concerted efforts should be taken to conserve precious resources of the country which are depleting faster than the earth can sustain’ she added.

Participants were engaged in dialogue with WWF experts regarding flaura and fauna of the area. Local community individuals informed participants’ methods to tell time, date and month with the help of stars. They also informed that the stars also help in identifying seasons. Most intriguing learning from the community was that elders of a community can tell when there will be rain by the smell of the air.

Participants were also taken to visit a local community in Padhrio where they viewed micro irrigation method, bio gas functioning plantas well as solar energy installations which have changed the way the community functions.

On the way back to Karachi, the group stopped at Pai forest for nest making activity. Students reused water bottles, leaves and grass to make the nest. They were also responsible for hanging the nests in various domesticated trees in the area.
The activity closed with participants being awarded certificates for their efforts during the three day learning adventure.

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