IUCN trains forest officials for coping with fires

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Staff Reporter

Lahore

A training session on forest fire control and management for the senior officials of Punjab Forest Department was organized by IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, Punjab Forest Department at the Punjab Forest Services Academy, Ghorra Ghali Murree under the UNDP-GEF funded Sustainable Forest Management project.
On this occasion, the Conservator Forest North Punjab Athar Shah Khaga appreciated the efforts of all the partners for focusing on the most important issue of forest fires, which he termed as the biggest threat to the forests. He emphasized on joint efforts in improving the state of forests in Pakistan by all the public and private stakeholders and organizations like IUCN and others, says a press release.
Country Representative, IUCN Pakistan Mahmood Akhtar Cheema appreciated the establishment of the Punjab Forest Services Academy by the Additional Secretary Forest (Technical) Punjab, Shahid Rashid Awan. He highlighted the efforts of Ministry of Climate Change in promoting the state of forest in the country through the initiatives like Ten Billion Tree Tsunami programme, where IUCN Pakistan is also assisting the Government of Pakistan.

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