Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir: April 12,2010
Press For Peace (PFP)has asked government of Pakistan to initiate efforts to include Mangla Lake as Ramsar site to preserve this unique wetland which has national and international ecological significance.
PFP Director Raja Wasim said on Mondy in a ceremony to brief local activists about the campaign to enlist Manla Lake as Ramser site in order to protect and uplift the Mangla Reservioir.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, adopted in Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 strives for the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world.
By January 2008, more than 1,700 wetlands, covering more than 153 million hectares, have been included in the Ramsar List.
PFP has started a campaign to declare Mangla Lake as Ramsar Site in order to save this vital ecological and hydrological asset. Renowned ecologist Ejaz Ur Rehman has been appointed as the coordinator of the project who would evlove strategy to enage national and international organizations.
He held that located in the Southern Mirpur District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Mangla Reservoir is site of national importance and it is significance in terms of ecology, botany, zoology and hydrology.
He said that current Mangla Upraising project also has affected the local ecosystem and wetland habitat.
“The concerned authorities should also consider the sustainable development in the process of upraising and expansion of Mangla Lake”, he added.
He asked government of Pakistan to redress the concerns of local population and this wetland must be utilized according to international ecological standards which underline the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Emphasizing the significance of local reservoir he said that Mangla Lake supports 20,000 or more water birds. “It constitutes a resource of great economic, scientific, cultural, and recreational value for the community and plays a vital role in climate change adaptation and mitigation”, he further said.