For­est pol­icy awaits CCI ap­proval

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Min­istry of Cli­mate Change has sent a fi­nal draft of the Na­tional For­est Pol­icy to the Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­est (CCI) for ap­proval in its next meet­ing.

“The pol­icy, ham­mered out in strenuous and elab­o­rate con­sul­ta­tion with pro­vin­cial for­est and wildlife de­part­ments and other rel­e­vant fed­eral gov­ern­men­tal de­part­ments and for­est of­fi­cials of the Gil­git-Baltistan, FATA and Azad Jammu & Kashmir re­gions and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, will be im­ple­mented to con­serve ex­ist­ing forests, bring more trees through com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and meet in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions re­lated to forests,” a se­nior of­fi­cial of the min­istry told APP.

The of­fi­cial said that Prime Min­is­ter, Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif in March 2015 had di­rected to for­mu­late a Na­tional For­est Pol­icy.

In com­pli­ance with this di­rec­tive, a draft of the pol­icy had been pre­pared, he said and added

“It has been en­sured while for­mu­lat­ing the for­est pol­icy draft that it did not in­fringe upon pro­vin­cial au­ton­omy and is sup­port­ive of pro­vin­cial for­est poli­cies and pro­grammes in ful­fil­ing the obli­ga­tions of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment un­der the in­ter­na­tional treaties re­lated to forests to which Pak­istan is a party.” He said that most of the guide­lines and mea­sures con­tained in this pol­icy would be ap­pli­ca­ble to fed­eral gov­ern­ment within its con­sti­tu­tional man­date.—APP

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