Tree plan­ta­tion dur­ing Mon­soon

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

MIN­ISTRY of Cli­mate Change has ap­proved an am­bi­tious tar­get of tree plan­ta­tion dur­ing the on­go­ing Mon­soon sea­son. The tar­get of 109 mil­lion in­cludes as many as 14.2 mil­lion tress that would be planted un­der the PM’s five-year Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme. KPK has un­der­taken to plant 75 mil­lion tress, Pun­jab 13 mil­lion, Sindh 12 mil­lion, Balochistan 0.7 mil­lion, AJK 03 mil­lion, FATA 4.1 mil­lion, be­sides sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand trees by dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions.

En­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity de­mands a for­est cover of 25% of the land­mass of a coun­try but re­gret­tably Pak­istan has a frac­tion of that at 4.8%. The sit­u­a­tion be­comes all the more gloomy be­cause of rapid de­for­esta­tion and lit­tle ef­forts on the part of the Gov­ern­ment or in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens to stall the process and then re­verse it. No doubt, we launch tree plan­ta­tion cam­paigns twice a year and set am­bi­tious tar­gets but there are se­ri­ous ques­tions about ac­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion. There is a strong per­cep­tion that these cam­paigns do not move much be­yond photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, high pro­file meet­ings and con­se­quen­tial press re­leases. Had there been ac­tual plan­ta­tion as per claims made ev­ery year, not an inch of Pak­istani land would have been with­out a tree. As recog­ni­tion of the mul­ti­ple val­ues of forests has grown, so are the con­cerns for their dis­ap­pear­ance. In Pak­istan, sub­trop­i­cal, tem­per­ate, riverain and man­grove forests are be­ing lost be­cause of ques­tion­able land use prac­tices es­pe­cially reck­less hous­ing schemes and the ev­er­in­creas­ing de­mand for tim­ber and fire­wood. As a re­sult, more re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment ap­proaches are be­ing de­manded that can ac­com­mo­date com­plex eco­nomic and eco­log­i­cal needs. Des­ig­na­tion of se­lected forest­lands as na­tional parks, area for agro-forestry prac­tices and the de­vel­op­ment of plan­ta­tions and foresta­tion prac­tices are needs of the hour.

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