Sagar Baloch

Mangroves plants have suffered from negative impacts of the polluted air due to the accelerated trade activities and quantity of boats present on the coastal area. The use of plastic shoppers and their disposal on the coastline has also hampered the growth of mangroves to its full potential.

A global organization named International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) held a large scale coastal ecosystem initiative by planting and restoring mangroves on the coastal belt of Baluchistan in the year 2008. Mangrove plants are important for the ecosystem and their plantation is laden with benefits.

Also known as tidal forests, mangroves provide nourishment and shelter to the marine life. The small and newly born marine lives including prawns normally get their necessary food and survival by feeding on the leaves of these mangroves. Mangrove forests are also beneficial to keep the sea environment purified and also help in lessening the severity of the tsunami waves.

IUCN held a vast mangrove plantation drive at Juddi area of Pasni city in Gwadar. Unfortunately, there has been a sharp decrease in the quantity of these mangroves. On the other side those mangrove plants which are still present have not grown to the fullest in height.