KARACHI - Under the Indus for All Programme, WWF-Pakistan (World-wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan) will provide biogas to more than 400 houses of a village of Keti Bunder to promote alternate energy resources. WWF-Pakistan has already installed 16 solar units in three different backward areas of Sindh including Keti Bunder, Keenjhar Lake and Chotiari Reservoir areas. Talking to The Nation, Natural Resources Management Coordinator Rab Nawaz said that to produce biogas for nearly 400 houses of Bhoori village of Keti Bunder, biogas plants would be set-up indigenously in the village comprising 3,000 native people, while the work on the project would start after Eid. Talking about the Solar units, he said that the units had been installed at selected schools and mosques of Keti Bunder, Keenjhar Lake and Chotiari Reservoir areas where people had no access to electricity. "Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technology (PCRET), WWF-Pakistan's Sindh Programme and the Indus for All Programme collaborated for the initiatives. The schools have been given 400-watt units which can run two energy saving bulbs, two wall fans and a computer simultaneously. Similarly, the mosques have been provided with 200-watt units that can run two lights, two fans, and a loudspeaker. The installation of the solar units is part of an overall collaboration between the Indus for All Programme and PCRET which will also be providing biogas plants at the Programme sites having good population of livestock. The Hong Kong Shanghai Bank (HSBC) is also providing some alternate energy schemes to the programme areas. With the collaborated efforts along with the programme's own interventions, it is hoped that the communities will be in a position to reduce the burden of cooking and lighting requirements that is presently coming from the natural resources. This would provide a significant boost to the Programme's interventions aiming to conserve these natural resources," he said. Moreover, as the Programme has embarked upon an extensive natural resource management plan at each site, the installation of the alternate energy units is a part of the interventions - some of which include; better management practices (BMP) in agriculture sector; NRM-based enterprises; introduction of alternative energy, he said. "Each of the interventions has its own significance for the promotion of sustainable resource management practices." For example, to promote BMPs in each site, the Programme will soon engage in a round of consultative process with the farmers with regard to introducing drip irrigation technology to save water; ways to effectively manage water thirsty crops; and less use of pesticides - which in many cases are harmful for the bio-diversity of the respective areas, he added. Nawaz said, "Given their economic condition, communities depending on NRM-based enterprises in each site such as mat-makers, honey harvesters, and those involved in net-making will be provided access to the market developing a viable strategy in this respect. Previously, the programme already successfully introduced five wind energy units in different creek and in-land areas of Keti Bunder. In order to conserve the Indus eco-region, one of the forty priority eco-regions recognised globally, the WWF-Pakistan has helped develop a 50-year vision for the eco-region through a multi-stakeholder consultative process." He said that a long-term conservation programme and vision for the Indus eco-region had been developed to overcome the threats to bio-diversity of the area. Indus for All Programme was the first five years implementation phase of the vision which was currently being implemented in four proposed sites of the eco-region-Keenjhar Lake and Keti Bunder (District Thatta); Chotiari Reservoir (District Sanghar); and Pai Forest (District Nawabshah). The programme also envisages addressing poverty environmental linkages in the eco-region. "A large part of population's livelihoods are dependent on the natural resources of the area. The programme interventions would mainly be focused on community-based natural resource management."