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Pakistan: Indus River Canyon declared second Marine Protected Area of Pakistan January 08,2018   |  Source: The International News

The country’s second Marine Protected Area (MPA) has come into being after the Ministry of Climate Change declared the Indus River Canyon, Pakistan’s exclusive economic zone in the Arabian Sea, as one through a notification. The Indus River Canyon MPA comprising 27,607 square kilometres is the second such area in Pakistan after Astola Island, which was notified on June 15, 2017 by the Balochistan government. According to the notification issued on Saturday by Ministry of Climate Change Secretary Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, the Indus River Canyon has been declared an MPA under Pakistan’s national obligation under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the UN Convention of Biological Diversity. The convention, to which Pakistan is a signatory, requires nations under Article 2 to designate, regulate and manage geographically defined areas (protected areas) to achieve specific conservation objectives.

By declaring the Indus River Canyon an MPA, Pakistan has achieved compliance to Aichi Target 11, which requires that by 2020 at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas of a country are conserved. The Astola Island MPA has an area of 400 square kilometres, thus by declaring Indus River Canyon an MPA, Pakistan has achieved 11.2 per

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