Green gold de­stroyed

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AI­MAN JA­HANGIR

I want to draw the at­ten­tion of the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned, through your news­pa­per, to very im­por­tant is­sue of de­for­esta­tion. De­for­esta­tion is clear­ing Earth’s forests on a mas­sive scale, of­ten re­sult­ing in dam­age to the qual­ity of the land. Forests still cover about 30 per­cent of the world’s land area. The world’s rain forests could com­pletely van­ish in a hun­dred years if the cur­rent rate of de­for­esta­tion con­tin­ues to per­sist. A num­ber of for­est trees are be­ing cut in north­ern ar­eas of Pak­istan for tim­ber as well as fuel wood. Peo­ple must not cut trees to use wood as fuel. There are var­i­ous bio­di­ver­si­ties, cli­mate change and other en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues which are linked with forestry.

In 1992 Govern­ment an­nounced a pol­icy against for­est cut­ting and the cut­ting of for­est was banned but that pol­icy could not move an inch to im­ple­men­ta­tion. It is sug­gested that the govern­ment should pass leg­is­la­tion for a sus­tain­able har­vest­ing of forests so that there is a con­trolled man­age­ment plan through which forestry can be saved. Lo­cal community also has to un­der­stand the value of forests.

We must also de­velop the strat­egy for car­bon fi­nanc­ing at pol­icy level. It is a very in­no­va­tive in­stru­ment across the world where you value to the trees be­cause trees ab­sorb car­bon diox­ide from the air. Through this mech­a­nism the de­vel­oped coun­tries of the world would pro­vide fi­nan­cial aid in this re­gard. The govern­ment should an­nounce the strat­egy to make sure that in­vest­ment comes in and trees are treated as the en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mod­ity not just as the item of fuel. —Rawalpindi

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