Capital Development Authority will plant some 18,000 saplings at Malpur, a suburban area in the federal capital to make Islamabad more green and beautiful.
The trees would be planted in collaboration with Save the Children (a non-governmental organization) and Environment department under the “My Forest Child” program, said a spokesman on Friday.
In that regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the CDA and Save the Children.
Country Director of the organization, Khurram Gondal and CDA member finance and environment, Rana Shakeel Asghar signed the MoU.
Under the program, he said the federal apex agency has already planted 15,000 trees in collaboration with the organization ,which was inaugurated by Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.
With the partnership of Save the Children, Miyawaki Forest was being formed at the area by engaging children and youth directly in the tree plantation campaign.
He said during the current year a target was set for planting around 3,00,000 trees, adding, out of the total almost 27,5000 larger size trees have been planted till now at different avenues, road sides, green belts and parks/play grounds.
To a query about the trees removal during dualization of Atta Turk Avenue (Embassy Road) from Khayaban-e-Suhar-wady to Jinnah Avenue, he said some 200 different trees were removed.
He said the roads were built on the land designated as Right of Way (ROW) as per Master Plan of Islamabad.