Green gold destroyed

Aiman Jahangir

I want to draw the attention of the authorities concerned, through your newspaper, to very important issue of deforestation. Deforestation is clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years if the current rate of deforestation continues to persist. A number of forest trees are being cut in northern areas of Pakistan for timber as well as fuel wood. People must not cut trees to use wood as fuel. There are various biodiversities, climate change and other environmental issues which are linked with forestry.
In 1992 Government announced a policy against forest cutting and the cutting of forest was banned but that policy could not move an inch to implementation. It is suggested that the government should pass legislation for a sustainable harvesting of forests so that there is a controlled management plan through which forestry can be saved. Local community also has to understand the value of forests.
We must also develop the strategy for carbon financing at policy level. It is a very innovative instrument across the world where you value to the trees because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Through this mechanism the developed countries of the world would provide financial aid in this regard. The government should announce the strategy to make sure that investment comes in and trees are treated as the environmental commodity not just as the item of fuel.
—Rawalpindi

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