National Forest Policy on the cards

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Climate Change has drafted National Forest Policy (NFP) and further process of consultation on it is in the final stage, a senior official of Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) said on Sunday.

Talking to APP, the official said that the federal government has finalized the draft of the National Forest Policy with the help of all stakeholders. “Revised version of draft policy document is expected to be presented soon before the Council of Common Interests (CCI) in its meeting for consideration,” he added. He said that on the direction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Climate Change was engaged actively with the provinces including Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA and Capital Development Authority to finalize and harmonize the forestation plan which is being finalized through active consultations. The ministry with the collaboration of Capital Development Authority (CDA) was chalking out a policy for forestation and plantation of trees in the Islamabad, said the official. “It would be broad based policy which would include protection of wild life,” he informed. He said that government was giving top priority to forestation and had taken number of steps, to stop deforestation in the country, adding it was responsibility of provinces too, to stop deforestation. It is pertinent to mention here that according to international law, all countries should reserve 12 per cent land for forests. In Pakistan only 4.8 per cent land has been reserved for the purpose.

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