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Pakistan Wetland Program

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THE PAKISTAN WETLANDS PROGRAMME
The Ministry of Environment's Pakistan Wetlands Programme
DurationJuly 2005- June 2012
StatusOngoing
BudgetUSD 3.6 million
Project deliveryUSD 2.7 million
Project delivery (2010) USD 0.51 million
LocationCountrywide

Donor Contribution
Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE): USD 4,034,000
Global Environment Facility (GEF): USD 2,253, 000

Federal Government:
Ministry of Environment
Other:
World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-P)

Background:
The Pakistan Wetlands Programme (PWP) aims to promote the sustainable conservation of freshwater and marine wetlands and their associated globally important biodiversity in Pakistan. The programme strategy is based on two sub-sets of objectives. The first will provide the required policy, institutional, technical and financial framework and generate positive public support essential for the mainstreaming of wetlands conservation. The second involves the design and implementation of Sustainable, participatory management plans for four independent Demonstration Sites, each chosen to be representative of a broad eco-region in Pakistan. It includes specific mechanisms to secure financial sustainability and enhanced replication and proliferation of viable wetlands management interventions in a nation-wide, on-going wetlands conservation initiative.

Despite the generally arid nature of Pakistan's climate, the region supports an estimated 780,000 ha of wetlands that cover 9.7% of the total surface area of the country.

In excess of 225 significant wetlands sites are on record in the prototype Pakistan Wetlands GIS Database developed during the PDF (B) Phase of this Project. Nineteen of these have been internationally recognised by the Ramsar Convention Bureau as being of global importance. The diverse assortment of natural freshwater and marine wetlands that occur within Pakistan support unique combinations of biodiversity. The same resource, however, also sustains...