0.7m saplings to be planted in Attock

Raza Naqvi

As many as 0.7 million saplings would be planted across the district during the “plant for Attock” drive which would be launched under monsoon tree plantation campaign commenced from August 7.

This was revealed during a meeting of the district administration Attock held on Wednesday which was presided over by Deputy commissioner Attock Dr Imran Hamid Shiekh while attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Finance and Planning Attock Marzia Saleem, Divisional Forest Officer Aamir Abbas as well as officials of various district government departments.

Deputy commissioner Attock Dr Imran Hamid Shiekh speaking on the occasion has said that the target of plantation of the 0.7 million saplings would be ensured through proper monitoring and audit.

“A monitoring and evaluation system has also been put in place”, he added. He said that all the provincial and district departments had been given targets in this regard.

Imran also stressed the need for every individual to play a role in the campaign and make it a success.

He added that there was a dire need to plant more trees in the city to minimize the impact of global warming.

“Forest cover in Pakistan is only 5 percent while we need 25 percent of the country to be covered by trees,” he said.

He said that trees contributed to improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving soil and supporting wildlife besides providing oxygen.

He said that through this initiative the government wanted to encourage people, communities, organizations and members of civil society to collectively plant trees.

Imran on this occasion requested people to become an active part of the ongoing tree plantation drive under” ‘plant for Attock” for the success of this initiative.

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