Taunsa Information Centre

Region

Asia

Country

Pakistan

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan

Demonstration model for live turtles and fish

Funding support: WWF-Pakistan, UNDP, GEF, EKN, UKAID, Punjab Irrigation Department, Punjab Forests, Wildlife and Fisheries Department

Number of staff: 2

Number of visitors per year: 5,000

Overall aims of the centre

i. Promote awareness about the importance of wetland’s biodiversity amongst the locals/visitors

ii. Engage local communities and stakeholders in the conservation of wetlands

iii. Motivate students and academia for promoting research and the wise use of wetlands

Description of the centre

– 16,225 acres (6566 ha) Taunsa Barrage Wildlife Sanctuary
– Riverine Ecosystem
– Hog deer, Indus dolphin, Wild boar, more than 12 threatened and near-threatened species of birds
– Celebration of significant environment days with local communities, academia, local CBOs / NGOs
– Species exhibits and displays
– Barrage models
– Local community products display and sale centre
– Handicrafts exhibitions

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Wetlands associated information, literature and books available in small library section at the centre.
Celebration of Environment Days, Students groups from different institutes visit the centre.
Visits of school groups to the centre for information and experiencing outdoor activities

Top three successes

1. Involvement of communities in the conservation and management of wetlands resources especially the sustainable fishing zone ensuring the use of legal nets, hygienic fishing practices etc.

2. Three Hog deer, a wild boar and few wetland birds rescued by the local communities.

3. Taunsa Centre, has become a place for exhibiting community products and is helping the adjacent communities in their income generation.

Top three challenges

WWF-Pakistan has a network of Information Centres across the country, which are less successful due to the following reasons:
– Sustained funding support
– Unavailability of Business Plans
– Lack of staff

This Centre will be a show piece for other centres to learn lessons.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Umer Waqas, umerwaqas@hotmail.com

Skype: uwaqas1

Website address: www.wwf.org/taunsawildlifesanctuary/