Govt. Intends To Convert Charna Island Into A ‘National Marine Park’
The government intends to convert Balochistan’s Charna Island into a “National Marine Park”.
According to sources, SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has given a report to Prime Minister Imran Khan in this regard.
The premier has asked the concerned authorities to make arrangements for turning Charna Island into a ‘Marine Park’.
As per the PM’s directives, the SAPM on Climate Change stepped out to visit the Island. However, he will thoroughly review the situation there and will also receive undersea pictures taken.
Charna Island is situated at the boundary between the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh and is around 9 km west of the orifice of the Hub River called “Manjhar Beach”.
The federal government, which is keen to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change, has decided to grant Charna Island the status of a National Marine Park. The PM’s aide on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam flew this week to visit the island on the premier’s directives.
Amin, who has submitted the report to Prime Minister in this regard, is currently in the southwestern region of the country. The special assistant will thoroughly review the situation there and will update Khan after the brief tour.
Charna Island, a small, uninhabited island comprised of 4 kilometers coastline located in the Arabian Sea at the boundary between the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh, has magnificent corals. The abandoned area is currently suffering from severe coral bleaching.
At least 55 species of coral reefs had been found in the Island’s deep waters by Marine Biologist under the Darwin Initiative Project.
Coral are subtle living organisms and coral bleaching that takes occurred due to environmental changes and human intervention turn these organisms completely white. Afterward, it started to starve after bleaching and eventually die.
After Pakistan’s first Marine Protected Area, Astola Island, WWF-Pakistan has also been trying to grant the island into a national marine park. Read more blog.