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
STAFF REPORT ABBOTTABAD: The Forest Department seems helpless as the timber mafia has continued to cut precious and old pine and cedar trees in Thandiani and Galiyat forest ranges.
Officials of the Forest Department lack the will, equipment and resources to check deforestation and they often suffer physical assault by the well-organised local groups of timber mafia who enjoy backing of influential political figures.The illegal wood cutting and timber smuggling is considered a minor
STAFF REPORT RWP: As the unavailability of natural gas marred the lives of people in chilly weather, the logger mafia is out to steal woods from forests illegally and sell them out at the hands of wood-sellers in various areas of the Rawalpindi region.
Though the Divisional Forest Department often claims that deforestation has slowed in recent years due to its efforts, yet the situation is still gruesome.
This illegal trade is continuing round-the-clock apparently with the alleged
Majority of rural people in Pakistan are utilising various non-timber forest products in one way or the other. However, due to the current climate change scenario, lack of awareness regarding the proper collection, preservation, use and marketing of non-timber forest products, we are losing some of the valuable biodiversity. Special emphasis should be given to the conservation of plant species in the form of herbal gardens and gene banks
NON-TIMBER FOREST products are non-wood secondary