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- Friday, July 27, 2012 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday inaugurated monsoon tree plantation campaign by planting an olive tree sapling at Aiwan-e-Sadr. In order to motivate general public to plant more trees in the country, tree planting campaigns are organized every year during spring and monsoon seasons. During Monsoon 2012, about 30 million saplings are planned to be planted in the country.


On this occasion, the president highlighted the importance of trees as an essential part of our lives and for maintaining equilibrium in the ecosystem. He said that faced with rapid and asymmetrical climatic patterns and various other environmental degradation issues such as global warming, protecting the existing tree cover and planting more tress was essential and also was our national obligation. He said that increasing the tree cover was important to make the country green and environment friendly.


He said the forest ecosystem in Pakistan was under continuous threat due to heavy demand for wood and other forest products. He said uncontrolled economic development and asymmetrical demographic changes have resulted into severe environmental issues putting acute pressure on natural resource base, especially on the trees and forests. He said that deforestation was one of the major reasons for increased pollution, irregular water flow and soil erosion control.


He said that in view of critical role of trees, concerted efforts were required by all the stakeholders, including farmers, civil society organizations, the private sector, students, media and all others to raise awareness about the importance of trees.