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‘Missing the forest’

October 04, 2011


This is with reference to the article, “Missing the forest for the trees” by Shazia Hasan in the Images section (Aug 10). I was quite heartened to read the article which discusses the important documentary “Murder of Mystic” made on the plight of fishermen and mangroves on the coastal region of Karachi.

The script and the film are important in healing the wounds of poor communities who are bearing the burnt of these issues, especially after losing two dedicated mangrove activists at the hands of assassins in Karachi.

It is heartening to witness the fruits of labour, and I hope this will lead policy makers towards developing a long-term plan for the conservation, restoration and management of the coastal region which is beneficial for the coastal communities that depend on a healthy and productive mangrove ecosystem.

This letter should also ensure the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum that the MAP’s global network stands in solidarity with their just cause.

ALFREDO QUARTO Executive Director Mangrove Action Project Port Angeles, US