Forest conservation imperative

Peshawar—Speakers at declamation contest held here at Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) in connection with International Forests Day, Monday underlined the need for sustainable conservation and protection of forestry resources for provision of better environment and clean drink-ing water besides global warming and climate change’s mitigation.
The speakers highlighted the values, significance and contributions of forests in balancing the life cycle on the earth besides its positive role in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security. The function was addressed by Advisor to the Chief Minister for Environment and Forests, Syed Ishtaiq Urmar, Special Secretary to Environment, Forests and Wildlife Depart-ment, Syed Kamran Shah, Director General PFI, Hakeem Shah and students about importance of forests in our socio-economic lives.
The theme of the day was forest and water. Speaking on the occasion as chief-guest, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Syed Ishtaiq Urmar said the KP Government has accorded high priority to forest resources by launching Billions Trees Tsunami Afforstration Project to offset the effects of climate change and global warming.
Urmar said 250 million trees were planted by end of this month, adding about 7000,000 to 800,000 saplings are being planted per day in the province. The advisor said 350 million saplings would be planted next year while 300 million saplings would be saved by fencing of forests, adding WWF had validated the afforstration success.—APP

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