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Comprehensive Urban Afforestation Need Of The Hour To Curb Pollution: Ameen Aslam

The Advisor to PM on Climate Change appreciated the initiative of Commissioner Lahore Division Dr Mujtaba Piracha and the support of civil society organizations for afforestation planning

LAHORE– Under the vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan, no stone will be left unturned for nature regeneration through clean and green drive of the Punjab government, said a senior government official on Thursday.
“We have had detailed and vast experience in KP of afforestation and massive tree plantation under the tag of billion tree Tsunami. If someone plants a sampling in Swabi, actually he is doing that for the whole world,” said Malik Ameen Aslam, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change.


Chairing a meeting regarding afforestation at the Committee Room of GOR Officers Mess Lahore, the advisor said:  “Think global, act local. In KP, we got real success only when we involved the local community in forestation and made their participation as a source of income for them.”

“Come forward with a viable frame work of tree plantation in Lahore and Lahore model would be implemented in other cities of Punjab.”

There is need of comprehensive urban afforestation to curb pollution, keep environment friendly, control smog and make beautiful look of our all cities, he said.

Aslam appreciated the initiative of the Commissioner Lahore Division and the support of civil society organizations for afforestation planning.  He said that the Federal Government would provide maximum support and help during the campaign.
Eminent figures of civil society organizations, environmental experts, philanthropists, donors and high ups of federal as well as provincial government departments also participated in the meeting.
Architect Nayyar Ali Dada, Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Imrana Tiwana LBT, Raf-e-Alam environment advocate, Attia Noon LBT, Qudsia Rahim LBF,M Usman MANI President NCP, Usman Waheed LBF, Zohra Gillani GGL, Izmir Durrani, Sarah Tareen, Amir Azam, Tariq Zaman, CEO, Urban Unit Khalid Sher Dil, Secretary Forest Asif Tamman, Secretary Environment Dr Asad Gilani, DG, PHA DG, NHA Additional Commissioner Lahore Division Sohail Khawaja, AC Protocol Syed Munawwar Bukhari and others attended the meeting.

Commissioner Lahore Mujtaba Piracha briefs participants about initiatives

Commissioner Lahore Division Dr Mujtaba Piracha briefed the participants about the initiative and steps being taken for dense urban forestation with the support of civil society organizations, based on comprehensive elements; the location, site, soil fertility, overall impact and sustainability.
He the office of the Commissioner Lahore was not only providing a plateform for the donors and Civil Society but also supervising the coordinated venture to ensure the uniformity of forestation strategy and make the drive a sustainable.
He said that administration had identified areas in Lahore city for dense forestation on different locations both in large chunks and small patches.
Piracha said that different areas like 16 km long eastern bypass, plantation along Ring Road, Saggian, Niazi Interchange and other available sites were also identified and highlighted.
He said with the coordination of Civil Society, private organizations, donors and commissioner office, nature regeneration drive could be made successful. He said that only indigenous trees would be planted in the drive.
Participants form the civil Society, putting their fully confidence on Lahore model initiated by commissioner Lahore, demanded to put a legal bar on cutting of trees.
The CEO Urban Unit said UU had established GPS monitoring system for tree plantation and also written to 300 Housing societies and 700 industries to implement the bye laws about green areas and tree plantation in their respective areas.— PRESS RELEASE