STAFF REPORT FBD: Pakistans 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 campaign at the new campus.
He said that Pakistan is blessed to have four seasons and a variety of ecological systems. He regretted that green areas were being converted into residential settlements as the population grew.
He urged teachers and students to participate in the plantation drive.
Answering a question, he said that the construction work on the new campus was in full swing and would be completed soon.
Ali Hassan, founder of a non-government organisation called Drakht Lagao (plant a tree), said that the organisation had provided 1,000 plants to the GCUF. He said his NGO was committed to promoting plantation in the city. He said awareness about importance of tress was being created among citizens.
Earlier, Dr Naureen Aziz Qureshi, the Faculty of Science and Technology dean, said that the GCUF had emerged as the fifth best university in the HEC rankings.
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