Poor management, irresponsible tourist behaviour jeopardizing Margalla National Park


The poor management of Margalla Hills National park, illegal cutting of trees and irresponsible tourist behaviour have been jeopardizing the lush green trails of the federal capital.
According to a survey by APP, people usually bring bags full of consumable items up the trails and then leave behind piles of plastic bags, food and drink containers, bottles and other non-bio-degradable material and also cut trees from the forest of Margallah hills.
The trees are not only used as timber rather household good for cooking which has serious repercussions on the environment of the region.
The Margalla hills at present are frequently visited by both regular hikers and occasional visitors like tourists both local and foreigners, however, no moral commitment can be seen among any to help preserve the precious forest.
Pakistan is a forest-deficient country and only 5.2 per cent of the area is covered with forests.
Although millions of saplings have been planted in the twin cities this year, the country is still far from achieving an optimal percentage of its land covered by forests.
The hills besides, being home to some unique flora and fauna and various species of wildlife are also generating interest of bird watching, rock climbing and para-gliding.
The Margalla Hills National Park, spread over an area of 31,142 acres, is abundant with various species of wild plants, birds, mammals and reptiles which are being endangered due to human involvement.
The trash clean up programme assembling participants at the Islamabad Zoo Parking near Pirsohawa Road police check post and moving to view points on their vehicles to start clean-up near Monal Restaurant is the responsibility of not only Capital Development Authority (CDA) rather of public and visitors as well.—APP

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