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Monsoon plantation drive near Simly Dam

By APP
August 18, 2021

Islamabad : Under the monsoon plantation drive at the site near Simly Dam 100,000 saplings were planted under the Prime Minister’s call for awareness on plantation.

The monsoon plantation was launched by AAA Associates, a leading group of companies.

Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat, Assistant Commissioner Aneel Saeed, Director General Environment Irfan Khan Niazi, and people from all walks of life attended the inaugural ceremony, said a news release.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat said ‘it is a good sign that Private corporate entities are supporting PM cause in turning Pakistan Green and environment friendly country.’

According to Global Forest Watch, Pakistan has faced 0.99% decrease in tree cover since year 2000 to 2020. Due to constant deforestation, Pakistan treads extremely low in tree per head i.e., five trees per person in Pakistan versus a global average of 422 trees per head.

An official of AAA Associates said the organisation believed, "We need to restore the forest cover to eradicate pollution, fight carbon emissions, prevent flooding and overcome global warming.

The campaign begins today, in order to align the efforts with the plantation drive throughout the country, and continues for an extended period of one and a half months with more to come.

"It is therefore time to add much needed greens to the needed concrete and foster an understanding of the ecological and economic value of plantation,” he said.