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Govt to extend forest cover in KP: PM’s aide

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said on Monday that the government had achieved its target of planting 10 crore trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is now planning to extend the province’s forest to 10 thousand acres in near future.

In a media talk, Aslam stated that 25 crore trees would be planted across the country, the process of planting 10 crore trees in Punjab was already in process.

The government wanted to transform Pakistan in green and pollution-free land as the previous governments did not pay heed to protect forests of the country, he said.

“In [the past] five years, KP government has increased the forest cover of the province by 6 percent and now it is increased to 26% percent which has been reported by the international media,” he mentioned.

Around 3.5 billion plants were on the list to improve the living conditions for the next generation, moreover it would make the nation self-sufficient in vegetables and people would not face a shortage in the future, he said.

Replying to a question, he said in mountainous areas of Northern region government would depend on assisted natural regeneration as cedar and pine trees need more years to grow so it is better to protect these trees from cutting down rather planting saplings.

Keeping in view the fertile land of the region the federal government had ordered to create the biggest forest in Mianwali as well, Kundian’s 10 thousand hectare land was purchased for the purpose, he informed.

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