General Knowledge

Mangroves to the Cover

Dec 17, 2019

For anyone who still supports President Trump’s ludicrous theory that climate change is a hoax – wake up and smell the coffee, we say. Global warming has significantly altered our planet’s geological, biological and ecological landscapes. However, in Pakistan grows a tree that provides adequate cover for the scorching heat – while regulating the atmosphere. The small tree - or shrub - as botanists like to call it, is Mangrove. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where Mangroves are still in abundance. They provide cover to the coastal regions in the face of tornados, cyclones, flooding, soil erosion and of course, climate change.

Tackling Global Warming

An aide to the Prime Minister said in a conference that Pakistan holds the distinction of being in an elite group of countries where mangrove cover is helping ward off the negative effects of global warming. It should be highlighted that one of the focal points of Imran Khan’s led PTI government has been the sustainability and restoration of natural resources in Pakistan, and it comes as no surprise that Pakistan has more or less 600,000 hectares of mangrove ecosystem.

Speaking at IUCN in Madrid, the Prime Minister’s advisor stated, “Not only do they [mangroves] protect our coastal areas from storms they are also high carbon-sequestering instruments.” The event, organized by IUCN stressed the importance of tackling climate changes globally through sound, eco-friendly measures.

The advisor further said, “In Pakistan, an extremely vulnerable country, we have managed to make nature a shareholder in providing solutions.”

He pointed out that Pakistan consistently appeared in the top 10 list of both the long- and short-term Climate Risk Index brought out by German watch every year, which was why they had “to react and adapt”.


Sustaining the Planet

More than half the countries in the world are now shifting towards nature-based solutions to sustain the planet. Being green and eco-friendly has a lot of benefits. Firstly, it is cost effective and creates jobs for the locals – whilst adding beauty and a feel-good factor to the surroundings.

Most importantly, nature-based solutions help in biodiversity, all the while providing relief to mankind. We think it is high time to adopt the “green approach” to save our blue planet. Do not forget, it is not the duty of the government alone; collective efforts are needed from us all to sustain our natural habitat.

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