Forest hacked from 150,000 to 60,000 square miles: moot told

KARACHI: Experts have shown concern over the rapid curtailment in forest area in the country from 150,000 square miles to 60,000 square miles. They also said that plantation will not only be beneficial for country’s environmental system but will also reduce negative effects of global warming.

They were speaking at inaugural ceremony of plantation campaign of local plants organized by University of Karachi’s Registrar Office in collaboration with KU Center of Excellence for Women Studies and WWF at the University’s premises.

KU’s Registrar and Professor Institute of Environmental Studies Dr Moazzam Ali Khan said that unplanned deforestation in the country had brought many negative impacts on the country environmental system due to which the country is facing heavy rains , floods, earthquakes, and different natural disasters. He said that forests in the country had been hacked to 60,000 square miles from 150,000 square miles. “Government must enforce strict ban on deforestation and take serious measures for ensuring adequate amount of forestation and plantation in the country,” he asserted. He further said KU’s Vice Chancellor had also issued special directives to the university’s all departments to participate in the plantation drive.

KU Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi said that for making our society a healthy and environment friendly, ‘our collective duty is to organize plantation campaigns which will benefit not only us but the generations to come’. Forestation is imperative for reducing the negative effects of global warming. WWF has granted 100 local plants to KU which is a great gift in the greater interest of environmental benefit. WWF is playing a vital role in making our environment clean and pollution-free. Prof. Dr. Khalid Iraqi inaugurated the campaign while planting a plant.