CDA to preserve biodiversity of Margalla Hills

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* MHNP is abundant with 616 plant species, 250 of birds, 38 of mammals, 13 species of reptiles


ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz has said the authority is taking concrete measures in collaboration with the partner organisations to preserve the rich bio diversity inhabited in the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP).


On the occasion of World Environment Day at Margalla Hills, he said that collective efforts would help to preserve the rich flora and fauna of the area as there are very few capital cities in the world that are blessed with such close proximity to nature.


MHNP is the unique natural park, spread over an area of 31,142 acres, abundant with of 616 plant species, 250 of birds, 38 of mammals and 13 species of reptiles.


On this occasion, Environment Member Ashan Ali Mangi, Administration Member Munir Ahmed Chadury, the authority officers and a large number of participants from different walks of life were also present.


Addressing the participants of the ceremony the CDA chairman said that the authority is working hard to increase the green cover and preserve the green character of the federal capital.


CDA is focusing on planting the indigenous species, especially fruit and flowering trees including Chir, Pine, Kachnar, Amaltas, Dhreak, Jacaranda, Olive and Jaman etc.


He said that strict monitoring of the planted saplings is being carried out to ensure their maximum survival.


“CDA actively participates in National Tree Plantation drive during each planting season and also invites general public, educational institutions, NGOs, government employee’s traders, environmentalists and sectors citizens committees’ members, ICT administration members, Islamabad Police, to make these campaigns a success,” the chairman said.


He said the natural streams and ravines were the best source of clean water in the city but with the passage of time these streams and ravines have polluted by sewerage lines.


He said the authority is taking effective measures to clean the streams and nullahs in the federal capital.


He said that under the “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign, CDA is educating the masses for keeping the city clean and to ensure strict implementation of municipal bylaws.


He said that we need to make cumbersome efforts for the protection of environment as the World Environment Day has great importance for us.


He lauded the efforts of CDA Environment Wing for making arrangements to celebrate the World Environment Day. On this occasion, different NGOs distributed cloth bags for shopping purpose.


CDA chairman said that we should avoid usage of plastic bags as these are the worst source of pollution.

Courtesy:  Daily Times

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