The World Wildlife Fund – Pakistan organised an event on February 2, 2012, as part of World Wetland at the Sandspit area of Karachi.

Around 200 students belonging to four government schools nearby participated in speech and drawing competitions, as well as planting mangrove saplings in the area.

Some students also presented a thought provoking tableau about mangroves degradation and the benefits of conservation. – Text and photos by Hussain Afzal/Dawn.com

Entrance to WWF Centre Sandspit.
Entrance to WWF Centre Sandspit.
Students listening to the lecture on importance of mangroves.
Students listening to the lecture on importance of mangroves.
A students busy participating in a sketching competition organised by the WWF.
A students busy participating in a sketching competition organised by the WWF.
Children from a local school act in a play on the importance of mangrove conservation.
Children from a local school act in a play on the importance of mangrove conservation.
A Student giving a speech on mangroves.
A Student giving a speech on mangroves.
Students walking towards the site of mangroves plantation.
Students walking towards the site of mangroves plantation.
The site of the mangrove plantation.
The site of the mangrove plantation.
A WWF member handing over mangroves sapling to the students.
A WWF member handing over mangroves sapling to the students.
What a mangroves sapling looks like.
What a mangroves sapling looks like.
Students were divided into groups of ten for the plantation.
Students were divided into groups of ten for the plantation.
Girls busy planting mangrove saplings.
Girls busy planting mangrove saplings.
Alvina, a grade five student planting mangrove saplings.
Alvina, a grade five student planting mangrove saplings.
A row of students' busy planting.
A row of students' busy planting.
A worker at the site busy digging holes for the plantation.
A worker at the site busy digging holes for the plantation.

Comments (1) (Closed)


Habiba Hasan
Feb 08, 2012 10:42am
Can we mobilize enough students and through them their families on the importance of mangroves, so that the local people stand up and prevent any more degradation. A certain degree of empowerment has to be given to them, whom to contact, and who will stand by them.