World Forest Day observed in Gilgit Baltistan.
conservation of natural resources for human beings.
GB Forest Department has arranged various programmes including walks, seminars and declamation contests attended by people of every walk of life including conservationists, notables, students and stakeholders to take them along in the journey of afforestation as envisaged by the government to make the province lush green.
Secretary Forest and Wildlife Asifullah Khan told reporters
that his department was determined to bring a green revolution in this
mountainous terrain where afforestation was needed not only for the benefit of
people of this region but for whole country.
He explained the importance of creating awareness in masses
about the significance of sustaining forests and encourages dwellers to engage
in tree plantations activities even at the household level.
Asifullah Khan said it was the responsibilities of all
stakeholders to join hands to combat climate change, adding the consequences of
climate change are apparent in the form of extreme weathering events such as
floods, heat waves and cyclones over the past two decades.
Forests are natural carbon sinks, which play a significant role in reducing carbon footprint and curbing global warming, she remarked.
In addition to mitigating against adverse impacts of climate change, forests also provide habitat
to animals, livelihood to humans, prevent soil erosion and offer watershed protection, he said.
Deforestation creates an imbalance in natural climate by increasing carbon dioxide, which leads to global warming and climate change.
Efforts to retain and improve forest population was the main
focus of his department and said introducing new technology and research for
the efficient use of natural resources was need of the hour.
He asserted depleting forest cover has exposed the mountain
communities to landslides and flash floods and unabated logging has denuded the
once green mountains and the coming generations will have to pay the price of
"The target of plantation campaign 2018 is being achieved
without any obstacle," he said, adding all stakeholders were taken onboard that
resulted increase in forest resources in the province.
It was disclosed that
next year a target of planting 10 million trees was under active consideration
and accordingly strategy is being chalked out.
To lessen pressure on the most precious specie Deodar, he
said the department was seriously considering to introduce Sheesham, a new
specie that would be quite a new experiment for the use of community.
He disclosed that a nursery of sheesham is being set up in
Boner Das valley which is public private partnership aimed at diverting
attention of the masses from Deodar. The nursery is pervaded over 200 Kanals
and a new phenomenon in the GB forestry and hoped it would bear best results.
Reaffirming the commitment of the government to deal
violators and timer mafia with an iron hand, the Secretary said the writ of the
government shall be ensured at any cost and those who chopped down trees at
Saijag valley would face be punished according to law.
The Forest Department has confiscated illegally cut timber
from Sai Jaglote valley and auctioned the seized timber and deposited the
amount into national exchequer. He said more stern actions are on the cards
against the violators.
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|Publication:||Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Mar 23, 2018|
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