Afforestation campaign launched in Islamabad to cover green loss

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Tree plantation campaign 2017 launched in Islamabad to increase green cover in the city and achieve the goal of green Pakistan.

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The afforestation campaign for the year 2017 has been launched in the capital city along Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M-1) to achieve the goal of green Pakistan.

This step is a small beginning to achieve the green loss witnessed during the construction of Metro Bus project when an estimated 600 old trees and around 4,000 smaller trees and shrubs were cut down.

The latest plantation drive was formally launched on 10 March under the joint auspices of the National Highway Authority (NHA) and Provincial Forest Department.

The ceremony took place at Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Interchange with NHA’s Member Administration Ali Sher Mahsud as the chief guest. The senior officers from National Highways and Motorway Police and Provincial Forest Department were also present on the occasion.

The event marked the initiation of the process whereby more than 300,000 saplings would be planted along the motorway this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Ali Sher Mahsud termed the activity a big step forward towards achieving the goal of “Green Pakistan.”

He reminded that the forest cover in Pakistan was much less than what is required and stressed upon the need for joint and coordinated efforts in order to make the afforestation campaign a success.

Increasing national forest area would not only make the environment cleaner, but also help in reducing the frequency and scale of national calamities such as floods.

He also highlighted the role of media in making people better aware about the importance of tree plantation.

Similar campaigns would soon be launched along Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M-2) and Faisalabad-Multan Motorway (M-4) as well.

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What is afforestation?

Afforestation is the planting of trees to create a forest in areas that have never been forested. Afforestation and reforestation are two useful ways to combat climate change, improve air quality and remoe air pollutants.

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