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Monitoring of the Sindh Coastal and Inland Community Development Project (Pakistan)

Project Summary:

During the British rule, the coastal region of Sindh State, in southern Pakistan was a fertile area. But with the construction of many dams and weirs on the Indus river and the enlargement of the irrigation drainage basin, the water flow of the Indus river has drastically decreased. As a result, intrusion of seawater occurs at the estuary delta area, thus expanding the deterioration of the farmlands. In the recent years, the residents of this area have become the poorest in Pakistan.

Presently, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is in the midst of planning the Sindh Coastal and Community Development Project in Southern Pakistan with the aim of poverty reduction by way of reforming the fishing industry environment and the recovery of the ecosystem. The project will consist of the establishment of a fisheries management plan, mangrove afforestation of an area of 300kms, the broadening of alternative revenue sources, investigation of marine ecology, the conclusion of fisheries agreement, providing the service of fishing industry sales network etc. . In December 2005, a consultant company from New Zealand (ANZDEC) prepared an intermediate report of the feasibility study. The ADB’s Japan Special Fund (JSF) contributed US$ 65,000 for it in the form of technical assistance. This was executed by the Planning and Development Department (P&D).


The fishing industry in that area has a yield which runs out in just about 4 months (march-June), and the people migrate to other place for work for the rest of the year. Also, the earnings are very low as most of the fishermen use boats borrowed from their owners and the fish caught by them are bought at the asked price. Therefore, there is a concern that even if the fishing industry is serviced with this project but still this poverty measure will yield very low result.

Course of action:

Since it is imperative to increase the level of the Indus river for the revival of the agriculture industry, so we at JACSES are seeking the inclusion of the revival of the agriculture industry in the project and the change of the management plan for the river altogether. For this purpose we are conducting field investigation and advocacy activities.

Contact Person: Yuki Tanabe

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