WELCOME TO THE Trust for Conservation of Costal Resources
Delta and coastal communities are the worst affectees of decades-long development on Indus River and infrastructural development along the coast. These human interventions have drastically altered the natural eco-system and natural resources are badly disturbed. World leading conservation organizations like IUCN and WWF have included Indus Delta among the list of highly significant eco systems. It is now widely recognized fact that degradation of coastal resources has deprived coastal communities of their major sources of livelihood and communities are suffering from the worst shape of poverty.
Costal communities are politically weak due to lack of representation, lack of organization, wide spread illiteracy and ignorance from various policies. Small fishermen fuel the economic engine of fisheries sector and yet deprived from basic human needs. Their centuries old villages give a primitive look, devoid of basic amenities like drinking water and education.
Handful of activist youth ha been voicing for development of communities but they are not organized and lack scientific knowledge on the issues pertaining to the community. They have general understanding of importance of coastal natural resources but are not familiar with modern research on the role of coastal eco system and the threats posed due to inept human activities and inept policies. Sustainable management of coastal resources requires local champions who can play role of custodians of resources and advocates of community rights.
Trust for Conservation of Coastal Resources has been formed by the local activists to achieve the aforementioned goal. To achieve this objective the Trust wants to introduce anadvocacy model based on four mutually integrated pillars
- Participatory Research
- Developing Local Leadership
- Community Mobilization
- Stakeholder Bridging
The Trust has the following major objectives
- Conducting participatory research on issues pertaining to coastal resources and disseminate the same among communities and other stakeholders for their awareness and sensitization on coastal resource conservation
- Identify, organize and groom catalysts among coastal communities to create community champions for the cause of coastal resource conservation
- Educate coastal communities on the nexus of coastal resources with their livelihood thus mobilizing them for better management and conservation of natural resources
- Bridging communities and decision/policy makers to sensitize decisions making process in favor of coastal resource conservation
- Facilitate human development opportunities (education, health, water and sanitation) in coastal villages for improved living of coastal communities