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Save the Forests: Promoting Green Growth in Pakistan International Day of Forests 2014

Mar 21

9:30 am to 12:00 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad


  •  Maryam Aurangzeb, MNA Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)


  • Patrick T. Evans Country Director, FAO Pakistan
  • Raja Hassan Abbas, Secretary, Climate Change
  • M. Irfan Tariq, Director General Environment
  • Riaz Ahmed Wagan, CCF Sindh
  • Saman Ikram, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences
  • Kamran Khan, Dean, Hamdard University
  • Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General, Forests
  • Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI

Special Comments by:

  • Honourable Parliamentarians of Pakistan


  • Kashif Salik, Climate Change Unit, SDPI

(Concept Note)


Forests of all kinds play a key role not only in sustaining ecosystems and biodiversity but also in provision of ecosystem services. Forests provide shelter and livelihoods for indigenous populations and also generate numerous economic activities.


Forests are also crucial in the global climate system. Any reduction in the forest cover can have impacts on patterns of global as well as local level mean temperatures, rainfall, and humidity, among others. The alarming rate of global deforestation (currently around 13 million hectares annually) accounts for global greenhouse gas emissions that further exacerbate climate change effects.


In order to acknowledge their importance and raise awareness on conservation and sustainable management of forests, the ‘International Day of Forests (IDF)’ is celebrated globally. It is also important to note that initiatives like the REDD+ are critical as mitigation response to climate change. In this context, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has been working in partnership with the Government of Pakistan on the REDD+ initiative.


On the occasion of the IDF 2014, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has organized a special seminar in collaboration with the Climate Change Division of the Government of Pakistan and the Food and Agricultural Organization. The seminar will be important in generating a policy discussion and suggesting policy actions for conservation and sustainability of forests in Pakistan.


We welcome you to join us in this discussion at the SDPI office premises, 38 Main Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad, on 21st March 2014, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Please see the program attached.

The event can also be watched live at 

Happy Forests Day 2014!


Program Agenda:







9:30 – 9:35 AM

Recitation from the Holy Quran


9:35 – 10:00 AM

·Forests in Global Perspectives: Message from the UN on occasion of the IDF 2014

·Welcome Remarks

·Patrick T. Evans Country Director, FAO Pakistan

·Raja Hassan Abbas, Secretary, Climate Change

10:00 -10:15 AM

·Forests for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

·M. Irfan Tariq, Director General Environment

10:15 – 10:30 AM

·Views on Public Policy on Forests

·Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI

10: 30 -10: 45 AM

·Forests in the Context of Food Security and Deserts: Thar Crisis in Focus

·Riaz Ahmed Wagan, CCF Sindh

10:45 -11:00 AM

·Forests, Climate Change and the Future of REDD+

·Saman Ikram, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences

11:00 – 11:15 AM

·Education and Research on the Forests and Health Nexus

·Kamran Khan, Dean, Hamdard University

11:15 – 11:30 AM

·Protecting Forests and Livelihoods through REDD+

·Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General, Forests

11:30 AM -12: PM

·Forestry in the National Development Agenda

·Maryam Aurangzeb, MNA PML-N

12:00 PM