CDA involves public in plantation activity

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Islamabad  The Capital Development Authority (CDA) started its Spring Plantation Campaign 2013 with emphasis that every resident should plant saplings to increase forest cover in Islamabad. During the campaign, 500,000 saplings would be planted across the federal capital.


In the campaign, the civic body would focus on planting indigenous species, especially ‘chir’, pine, ‘kachnar’, ‘amaltas’, ‘daraikh’, jacaranda, olive, ‘jamun’ and apple.


Regardless of the fact that the CDA launches plantation campaign every year, the survival of saplings remains a question mark. The civic body would have to chalk out a strategy to achieve objectives of plantation drives.


CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz formally inaugurated the Spring Plantation Campaign 2013 by planting a sapling at the greenbelt between sectors E-10 and E-11. People from different walks of life, including CDA officials, students, special children, representatives of NGOs, government employees and Islamabad Police officials, participated in the plantation drive.


“Plantation is a national as well as religious responsibility as deforestation in the country has increased the demand for plantation on mammoth level to meet the required green cover for better environment,” the CDA chairman said.


He said that the participation of children in the plantation campaign further highlights the importance of the environment as they are the true catalyst of change who would reinforce the efforts of the stakeholders for the conservation of the environment and further beautifying it. He said that strict monitoring should be carried out to ensure maximum survival of the planted saplings.


CDA Member Environment Dr. Kazim Niaz said that the Environment Wing is working hard to increase the green cover and preserve the green character of the federal capital. He said that during the current campaign, 500,000 saplings would be planted in the federal capital. Out of which, 165,000 saplings would be planted in urban areas and 355,000 saplings would be planted in the Margalla Hills National Park Area and Simly Catchments Area. Moreover, the CDA would distribute 20,000 fruit plants among residents of sectors G-6, G-7, I-9 and I-10. The CDA would not only provide saplings but also provide assistance in their plantation.


In connection with the Spring Plantation Campaign, the CDA has established kiosks at different points for provision of saplings free of cost.


To raise awareness about importance of trees and conservation of environment, the CDA organised a walk from Sector F-11/3 to the plantation site in Sector E-11/4. The aim of the walk was to involve the public in efforts for increasing forest cover in the capital.

Courtesy:  The News

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