CHITRAL: District nazim Chitral Maghfirat Shah has said that
plantation of tree on large scale was one of the potential measures
check the environmental degradation and thereby dampen the
of natural disasters in Chitral and the district government was
awakened to the situation realizing its urgency.
Addressing the function held by Forest department in connection
kicking off the plantation campaign in the district here on Sunday,
said that efforts were on foot to mobilize the local community in
mass- scale plantation in the vast tracts of barren land which
the integral of almost every village in the district.
He said that incompatible population growth and the volume of oak
forest in the district during past four to five decades coupled
the absence of alternate source of heating and cooking, had led to
overharvesting of forest leading to its depletion which warranted
government to take the issue on war footing.
Mr. Shah added that success story of social forestry in other
of the district should be replicated in Chitral to achieve the
desired results in shortest possible time keeping in view the fact
that the area had become more vulnerable to natural disasters
with torrential floods.
He expressed his satisfaction over the billion tree tsunami
afforestation project (BTTAP) carried out by the Forest department
wanted involvement of local community in higher degree through the
local support organizations present in union council level.
He urged the provincial government to provide more resources to the
forest department in Chitral to extend the BTTAP to every nook and
corner of the district and reassured all out of the district
government in this regard.
Earlier, he planted a sapling of deodar in the lawn of Governorís
Cottage to start the ball of tree plantation campaign rolling
accompanied by deputy commissioner Chitral Shahab Hamid Yousufzai
also planted a sapling of deodar.
The divisional forest officer of Chitral Forest Division, Muhammad
Saleem Marwat, told the gathering about the details of the campaign
and said that the saplings were being provided to the farmers free
cost by the department.