Exploring KP’s forests carbon stocks imperative to mitigate environmental changes

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Driven by high population growth and climate change vulnerabilities, Pakistan is losing about 27,000 hectares of forest per year mostly in Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakthunkhwa, making an adverse affect on carbon sequestration process, which resulted an increase in temperature.

According to National Forest Policy 2015, the axing of forests mostly in community and private lands in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Giligt Baltistan owing to rapid population growth and poverty has increased chances of floods and glaciers’ melting due to climate change susceptibility besides made negative effects on carbon sequestration.

“Carbon sequestration is very important for humans, animals and even aquatic resources as it help make our environment clean and control temperature,” said Dr Muhammad Mumtaz Malik, former Chief Conservator Wildlife while talking to APP. He said it was the process of capturing, securing and storing carbon dioxide from atmosphere.

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