Zubair Qureshi Islamabad
Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has introduced the Miyawaki method for the plantation of urban forestry under its agro-forestry programme.
The initiative was launched at the Rangeland Research Institute, the National Agriculture Research Council (NARC).
Chairman PARC Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan inaugurated the Urban Forestry Model while DG NARC, Engr Shamimul Sibtain Shah, Member (NR), Dr Sarfraz Ahmad, Maqbool Shahbaz, Director Rangeland Research Institute NARC along-with other high officials was also present.
This technique is introduced to increase the forest cover in Pakistan rapidly and promises solutions to the environment issues by rapidly and efficiently restoring degraded land, absorbing carbon dioxide emissions and preserving biodiversity creating dense native forest in the process.
Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan Chairman PARC highlighted the importance of forest cover in sustainable climate resilient agriculture.
He added that PARC had started vigorous plantation under Miawaki techniques; a pioneering method developed by the Japanese plant ecologist Akira Miyawaki.