27 Nov 2008 - 29 Nov 2008 Karachi, Pakistan
A three-day workshop / policy seminar, Banking on mangroves: a case for investing in coastal ecosystems, was organized jointly by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). The speakers, panel and attendees were drawn from coastal ecosystem experts, researchers, policy makers, academics, NGO representatives, government ministers, and coastal community representatives along with IUCN staff/members. The workshop focused on valuation of coastal ecosystems,community management and restoration of mangroves.
From SANDEE, Priya Shyamsundar and Mani Nepal participated in the workshop as did researchers Saudamini Das and Santadas Ghosh, who presented their coastal ecosystem related research. On day three, there was a plenary panel that included a number of senior decision makers including the Minister of Environment, Sindh, Hafeez Pasha, the former head of UNDP Asia, the CEO of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, and the leader of a fisheries mass movement. The Minister of Environment, Baluchistan was also present. This workshop's outcomes will feed into a coastal management plan being developed by IUCN. Some of the links for the media coverage of this event are given below: