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Environment ministry to launch 8 new projects worth Rs4427 m for forestry

17 July, 2005

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ISLAMABAD, July 18 (Online): The Ministry of Environment has planned to start 8 new projects to ensure sustainable management of natural forests of the country and to increase tree cover for safeguarding economic growth to the tune of Rs4427 million.

Sources told Online that the forest cover in the country is planned to be increased to 5.2 percent of the total land by 2010.

They said that the government was undertaking various projects like Rachna Doab Afforestation Project, Watershed Management in Tarbela Reservoir Catchments and Mangla Watershed Management project.

They said that the ministry would start these programmes with the help of provincial and local governments.

They said that the programmes comprises integrated watershed Management in Tarbela Catchments, NWFP, Afforestation by farmers through a package of incentives, integrated Watershed Management in Pakistan, conservation of Juniper Forests with community participation in Balochistan, Rehabilitation of Riverine, irrigated and Mangroves Forests, Watershed Management in the catchments area of Sabakzai and Mirani Dams in Balochistan and Rehabilitation of degraded rangelands with involvement of local communities.

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Reader Comments:

Environment ministry

So thoughtful of Environment mininstry to take some steps in the right direction but there is more they can do to educate the people of Pakistan to plant trees whereever there is a space. That will not only generate wood for burning but also will serve as air cleaners. Trees are essential anywhere in the world you go you will find them properly and well planned their spaces on the side roads and in the parks. They are serving a great deal for the best cause.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 19 July, 2005

Forest resource

Forests not only in Pakistan rather all over the world are being depleted by human interventions. There must be some sustainable use of these forestes. If we donn't pay any attention to them now they will bring some negative consequences on national economy. It will also create some uncure problems for most of the industries.So beaware save them not only for you but also for coming generations.

Munazza fatima, Pakistan - 13 September, 2006

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