Survival of wildlife linked to survival of forests

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Gul Hamaad Farooqi

Chitral

The Forest Department of Chitral is distributing free of cost saplings among the people under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami program of the federal government. A ceremony in this regard was organized at a nursery in Singor area of Chitral. On the occasion, the Forest Department provided free of cost saplings to Snow Leopard Foundation. The officials of Snow Leopard Foundation will dispatch these plants to upper areas of Chitral and distribute among the community members for plantation. SLF will bear all the expenses of transportation and training to local community members about plantation campaign.
The plantation campaign will be carried out in Torkhao and Molkhao areas to address the issue of deforestation, shortage of wood and overcome the challenge of climate change. The Snow Leopard Foundation representative Shafiqullah Khan said while talking to this scribe that besides snow leopard, all the wildlife is integral component of forests. “Snow leopards and the rest of wildlife will survive if forests survive. The survival of wildlife is linked to survival of forests,” he said.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Shaukat Fayyaz said the shortage of forests can be overcome by implementation of ‘one man one plant’ formula. He said the situation can improve drastically if every person plants at least one tree. He said growing more trees is the only answer to reduce the impact of climate change.