Delta Blue Carbon (Pakistan)
The Delta Blue Carbon – 1 Project (DBC-1) is a mangroves and wetlands afforestation and restoration initiative in the Indus River Delta region of Pakistan. Covering 350,000 hectares, it aims to remove over 142,000,000 tCO2e of carbon over 60 years (from 19 February 2015 to 18 February 2075).
The delta houses the largest arid climate mangroves globally, playing a crucial role in bird migration. Sadly, mangroves have faced threats, with deforestation driven by fuelwood and grazing needs. Within the project area, around 42,000 people live in 60 coastal villages, with over 70% below the poverty line. Access to basic amenities, education, and healthcare is limited, impacting agriculture and coastal fisheries.
DBC-1 aims to restore mangroves, preserve biodiversity, and control deforestation drivers. Reforesting over 224,000 hectares of mangroves is a key goal, involving local communities in conservation efforts through stewardship agreements. It fosters education, water access, healthcare, law enforcement, and gender equality. By developing sustainable income sources, it reduces reliance on mangroves and enhances community resilience to climate change.
A public-private partnership between The Sindh Forest and Wildlife Department and Indus Delta Capital Limited, DBC-1 is led by experts in forest carbon projects, using remote sensing and ecological expertise for forest protection and community development.
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