Posted by: Administrator | 2 March, 2005

President Message on the Occassion of Monsoon Tree Planting Campaign

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF PRESIDENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN ON THE OCCASION OF MONSOON TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN

Islamabad: 16 July, 2008.

The scope of forestry has expanded fast in the wake of growing global issues related to climate change, biodiversity and desertification. Today, the entire world is convinced of the roles of forests in mitigating these issues. Therefore, we expect from forests far more than wood and correspondingly pay more attention to this sector.

I am happy to know that our tree resource on private farmlands is increasing and Pakistan has been successful in maintaining its overall forest cover of around 5.0% despite increase in population and resultant needs. Unfortunately however natural forests on mountains, riversides and Indus delta are under great stress due to high demands for wood of dependent communities.

I am aware that these natural forests are diminishing and immediate attention is required to stop further damage. I understand that financial and human resources available with provincial Forest Departments are insufficient to achieve the MDG target of enhancing area under forests to 6.0%.

The Federal Government is supplementing the programmes of Provincial Forest Departments. I am hopeful that Provincial Forest Departments will make all out efforts to make the best use of this investment. While implementing their forestry programmes the forest departments must take on board all the segments of society including civil society organizations, farmers, students and civil and armed forces.

Pakistan Zindabad.

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