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Astola Island declared as Pakistan’s first marine protected area

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has declared the largest offshore island, Jazira Haft Talar, better known as Astola Islanadas a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in a historical first. The declaration of MPAs is an international obligation of Pakistan under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Aichi Biodiversity (ABD) Target No. 11 agreed in 2010 which call on member countries to declare at least ten percent of their coastal and marine areas as MPAs, especially the areas of biodiversity significance. The process to notify…