Greenery Citizens urged to play role for greenery

RAWALPINDI, Sep 30 :The citizens have been urged to play role for greenery as it is need of the hour to increase the forest area by accelerating the speed of plantation process said Conservator Forests, Rawalpindi South Circle, Saqib Mahmood.
Talking to APP he said, the government cannot achieve the task
alone and the people belonging to all walks of life should come forward andplay their role in this regard.
He said, the forests play an important role in supporting and
maintaining ecological systems and cycles.The Forests contribute to the many complex processes that are responsible for recycling carbon and water.
They also regulate water flows and protect soils, he added.
The Forests Department Rawalpindi South and North Circles have
planted 850,000 saplings under Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign achieving over 80 percent target set for 2018.
He informed that the department has distributed over 240,000
saplings while over 1.4 million saplings of different species are available in nurseries of the forest department.
He said that all out efforts are being made to make the Monsoon
Tree Plantation Campaign a success. Nearly 100,000 saplings have been provided to different units of Pak Army while thousands saplings distributed among schools, colleges and health department during this season.
Due to effective awareness campaigns, the trend of planting
saplings is increasing and the citizens have started playing their due role.
Plants of different species are available at the nurseries of the Forest
department at eight rupees each price, he added.
He said the department will plant nearly 5.5 million saplings
during Monsoon season in South circle.
Divisional forest officers and other concerned have been directed to plant maximum saplings with the help and cooperation of the civil society, officials and students during the campaign.
Saqib said, the citizens should also plant maximum saplings to
enhance forests and trees which would help control the problems of
environmental pollution due to rapidly rising population.
“We are trying to create awareness of the importance of all types of forests. We encourage the citizens to undertake efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns,” he added.