LAHORE: Forests and trees are not only must to overcome the pollution & environmental issues but their role is also significant in economic development. Situation in Pakistan is not encouraging as far as forestry area is concerned.
These views were expressed by the Member National Assembly & PML-N Lahore President Muhammad Pervez Malik while inaugurating of Lahore Waste Management Company Plantation Campaign. Chairman Lahore Waste Management Company Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, Members Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Shahbaz, Ghazali Butt, MNA Meher Ishtiaq, students, traders and a large number of people from various walks of life were present on the occasion.
Pervez Malik said that forests and trees act as shield against climate changes and also provide us clean air and water besides maintaining good environment. He said that a large number of countries were controlling climate changes by increasing forestry area but situation in Pakistan is quite different.
He said that trees were being cut, particularly in northern areas for fueling purpose, resultantly various biodiversities, climate change and other environmental issues were arising.
Pervez Malik said that forests were equally important for the economic safety of the country as round wood production, wood processing and the pulp and paper industries account for nearly 1 per cent of global gross domestic product.
He urged the private sector to play their role for the promotion of forestry in the country under public-private partnership. “We have terribly failed to recognize that forestry is an integral feature of sustainable economic development. It could not capture policy attention for generating new economic opportunities. Resultantly, the economic and social potential of forestry has remained underexploited.
He said that by developing forestry as a commercially viable sector, the country can make the agriculture sector stable and valuable for economy.
He said that PL-N government has adopted a comprehensive forest development strategy to address the production and conservation needs and also paying full attention to environmental issues.
Pervez Malik paid rich tributes to Lahore Waste Management Company for taking initiative of plantation campaign.