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Comprehensive conservation initiative needed for protecting vulnerable ecosystems, forests and wildlife of Pakistan

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article image PAKISTAN, LOCATED on the western edge of South Asia represents diverse ecosystems extending from the snow clad mountains in the north, wide river valleys, vast flood plains and deserts criss-crossing the nation with unique coastal ecosystems along her southern and south western borders. Within these vast areas are located different ecosystems with specific forest types and a rich diversity of wildlife. The spectacular natural beauty of the nation draws several tourists around the globe. But…Read More

Forests area squeezes from 150,000 to 60,000 sq miles

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Experts at the inaugural ceremony of tree plantation campaign have shown concern over the rapid curtailment in forest area in the country from 150,000 square miles to 60,000 square miles. They also said that plantation would not only be beneficial for country’s environmental system but it would also reduce negative effects of global warming. The ceremony was organised by the University of Karachi’s Registrar Office in collaboration with KU Centre of Excellence…Read More

RIPP roundtable highlights vitality of forests

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article image RIPHAH Institute of Public Policy (RIPP) and PRIME Institute jointly organized a roundtable policy discussion on "Forests Policy" to mark the "International Forest Day" on Monday, 21st March 2016 at the RIPHAH Campus, Rawalpindi. Guest speakers included DIG Forests, Ministry of Climate Change, Abdul Munaf Qaim Khani; former IG Forests Basheer Wani, Director Bioadversity Ministry of Climate, Naseem Ashraf Raja, Dr. Masood Raja University of North Texas, Ali Salman…Read More

Govt efforts on to protect forests

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SIDRA SAIF ISB: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahid Ullah has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is deeply concerned over the rapid shrinking of forest cover of the country. For, deforestation has exacerbated country’s exposure to various devastating impacts of climate change caused due to global warming. "The PM is deeply upset over illegal tree-cutting in the country, particularly in Chilas, Swat, Chitral and those which constitute riverine forests. Because, the…Read More

Special force set up to protect forests against timber mafia

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Staff report PESH: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province plans to raise a special force to protect forests from powerful timber mafia, generate jobs for youth and protect rights of forest communities. The provincial government has allocated one billion rupees for the project as the force would be equipped with sophisticated weapons, trucks and other necessary gears to guard the forests. The scheme is part of the Green Growth Initiative launched a year ago in Peshawar by PTI chairman Imran Khan…Read More

Public awareness needed to promote forests

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Environmentalists at a seminar held in the federal capital on "Tackling Global Warming through Conservation of Forests" said that the number of trees in private agriculture farms in Pakistan is increasing because of the defined ownership but forests under the government’s forestry departments are diminishing rapidly. Lack of ownership has made it easy for timber mafia and corrupt government officials to chop down trees for personal gains. "To protect…Read More

Chilghoza Pines – a boon to northern forests of Pakistan

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In Persian language, Chilghoza means 40 nuts in one cone noosa’, or neoza’. It belongs to family Pinaceae. Technically it is called Pinus gerardiana and is indigenous to the northwest of Himalaya; found in northern Pakistan, eastern Afghanistan, and northwest India, growing at elevations between 1800-3350 meters. It is often found in association with Blue Pine (Pinus wallichiana) and Deodar tree (Cedrus deodara). Chilghoza is an evergreen monoecious tree of usually medium size ranging 12…Read More

Depletion of forests to spell disaster for communities

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article image "Around 1.6 billion people around the world are directly dependent on forests for livelihoods. Forests are also the biggest sinks of carbon dioxide and play a major role in decreasing air pollution," said Ali Murtaza Dharejo, an environmentalist and author. He also highlighted the economic repercussions of environmental degradation, stating that it is causing losses of around one billion rupees per day. "On average, a single tree is home to about one hundred organisms…Read More

PPAF pledges $0.5 million to save forests

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STAFF REPORT PSH: At a highly inspiring national consultative meeting recently held at the Food and Health Organization (FAO) office Islamabad and attended by the highest level secretaries of the provinces, a consensus was finally reached on the Readiness Proposal document which was meant to save fast diminishing forests in the country. Qazi Azmat Isa, Chief Executive, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Programme, was the chief guest. This meeting was a result of the three-year hard work in…Read More

More forests, more clean environment

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STAFF REPORT FBD: Pakistan’s forest cover needs to increase to fight climate changes and to cope with the increasing pollution which is incurring billion of dollars loss to the country per year. "The increase in forests was essential to fight climate change effects, which were playing havoc as melting glaciers and damage to the ozone layer," said Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) Vice Chancellor Dr Zakir Hussain while addressing the recently started plantation…Read More