Islamabad: Over 408.5 million trees have been planted in the country during last five years by the Climate Change Ministry in a bid to boost forest cover but around 50 per cent of them could survive nature’s and human interference. Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change which met here on Friday with Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini in the chair, Secretary Climate Change Arif Ahmed Khan said the plantation was carried out by the ministry in collaboration with provincial governments, non-governmental organizations and corporate sector.
He identified forest fires, clearance of forests for agriculture and other land uses, timber mafia, lack of alternative fuel, land erosion and poor implementation of forest protection laws as key drivers of deforestation in the country.
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