KARACHI (PPI) - The World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) has accelerated its efforts to conserve forests, freshwater and fish species in Sindh. We are working on 'Indus for All Program to conserve the biodiversity and ecological processes. We have cordial relations< with Sindh government including Forest Department and we are jointly working to save Pai Forest in Nawabshah district, WWF-Pakistan Director Dr Ghulam Akbar said in a statement released on Sunday. Elaborating on Indus for All Program, Dr Ghulam Akbar said that as part of current phase of the program, we are operating at four sites of the Indus Ecoregion in Thatta, Sanghar and Nawabshah. The four priority sites include Ketti Bandar (deltaic ecosystem), Pai Forest (forest ecosystem) Keenjhar Lake (freshwater wetlands ecosystem) and Chotiari Reservoir (deserted-wetland ecosystem). He said Indus supports one of the worlds largest irrigation canal system which sustains millions of people, the Director said. He said that the fish catch of Ketti Bandar farmers has declined due to meager release of Indus water downstream Kotri. The non-release of required water into the sea is not only reducing fish generation but also causing erosion of fertile land. The director said the WWF Pakistan is making efforts to conserve mangroves and marine life, particularly fish species. We are also working to conserve the Keenjhar Lake water which is major water source for Karachi, he said. It provides 90 percent of the total water to Karachi, therefore we are striving to conserve the lake. At present, there is some pollution in lake. However, WWF is making efforts to save the lake from pollution and conserve its water. Efforts are also afoot to save fish species in the lake, he said. There are still huge freshwater resources in Sindh province but the need is that they should be preserved through a better planning, he said. We are guiding the government about the techniques to save biodiversity and it is fully cooperating with us, he added. He said that freshwater and fish sources in Sindh are declining because of wasteful use, therefore; it is the need of hour to conserve and sustain them. One of the best fish of Sindh 'Pala has also turned rare due to non-release of required water downstream Kotri, Dr Ghulam Akbar informed. The Director said that a huge quantity of agriculture water goes into waste due to shortage of cemented watercourses. These water losses could be avoided by brick-lining all the watercourses across Sindh. Sindh faces serious environmental threats at present, however, WWF-Pakistan is on forefront to save natural resources of water, forests and marine life through a comprehensive strategy, the< director concluded.