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Govt setting up wetlands park to promote ecotourism

LAKKI MARWAT: The provincial government has launched work on setting up a wetlands park to promote ecotourism and provide recreational facilities to the people in the province.

This was stated by divisional forest officer wildlife, Khan Malook Khan, while speaking at a function in Bannu on Tuesday. The function was organised to mark the world wetlands day.

Khan Malook said that two-third of fisheries were harvested from the wetlands which also played an effective role in sustainable livelihood and made the communities to use the places wisely.

Highlighting the benefits of wetlands and importance of their conservation, he said the wetlands were the habitats of migratory birds, water fowls and other wildlife species, besides helping to filter water and control floods.

“The wetlands have the ability to purify and filter water through retention of sediments and pollutants,” he maintained, saying the land areas saturated with water were also helpful for stabilising life cycle of wildlife species and local climate, and removing carbon dioxide from the air.

On the occasion, several documentaries on wetlands located in Hong Kong, Australia and other countries were shown. The students also took part in declamation, painting and essay-writing competitions on the conservation of wildlife.

In the debate competition, Kifayatullah, a student of Government Middle School, Ismailkhani, stood first, while Israrullah of Government High School, Ghoriwala, and Danish of Brains Public School stood second and third, respectively.

In the essay writing competition, Waqas Khan got first position followed by Waliullah of Government High School, Lalizai and Qasam Khan of Royal Model School.

In painting competition, Afnan Khan, student of Government Middle School, Ismailkhani, secured first position while Aasim Khan of Government High School No 3, Bannu city, and Muhammad Waqas Khan of Hira School remained second and third, respectively.

Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Fawad Khan distributed trophies and cash prizes among the position holder students.

Later, a walk was organised to create awareness about the conservation of wetlands.

Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2016