Environment ministry to launch 8 new projects worth Rs4427 m for forestry
17 July, 2005
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.