3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The world is losing about 4.7 million hectares of tropical forests amid growing pressures on forest lands from rising populations; the forests are being degraded due to huge logging, firewood cutting, pollution and pests’ attacks; wildfires also adding fuel to the climate change that is devastating forest ecosystems; the trees which are not part of forests are being cut to build houses, roads and dams and for intensive agriculture. The government of Pakistan as part of its national and global commitment is taking steps to ecosystems restoration. s
Expressing its commitment to forest ecosystems restoration, Pakistan is undertaking forestation and plantation under TBTTP, and is conserving wild plants and animals and protecting soils and water sources that are part of the forest ecosystem. The commitment is expressed through the resolve that the country is maintaining 5.45% area under forest cover. Out of the total area, 3.44 million hectares forests are on the state-owned lands and remaining on commercial and private lands. Pakistan has created a balance between the existing forest stands and the domestic needs of forests.
The Government of Pakistan with the support of the UNEP and the stakeholders is implementing various events for raising awareness, building technical capacity, sharing knowledge and good practices, and forging partnerships for ecosystem restoration to launch the UN Decade.
As part of the World Environment Day events, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) as one of the key partners of UNEP, the Government of Pakistan, and other agencies in undertaking some of the activities planned to successful observance of the WED and launch of The Decade. The SDPI would like to generate a debate on Pakistan’s forests ecosystems restoration commitment and challenges so that the country takes steps to achieve the target of forests ecosystems restoration.
Chief Guest: Honourable Mr. Shah Farman, Governor KPK/ Honourable Mr. Mehmood
Khan, Chief Minister KPK
Special Remarks: Mr. Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, Provincial Minister for the Department
of Environment, Forestry & Wildlife
- Amb. Shafqat Kakakhel Chairperson BoG SDPI (Opening Remarks)
- Malik Amin Aslam, SAPM on Climate Change (Chair)
- Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani Vice Chancellor, University of Haripur, – Haripur (Online)
- Prof. Dr. Jameel Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, Hazara University, Mansehra (Online)
- Prof. Dr. Masroor Ilahi Babar, Vice Chancellor, Gomal University, D I Khan (Online)
- Prof. Dr. Idrees Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar (In person)
- Prof. Dr. Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar (In person)
- Mr. Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, Provincial Minister for the Department of Environment, Forestry & Wildlife (Special Remarks)
- Honourable Mr. Shah Farman, Governor KP or – Honourable Mr. Mehmood Khan, Chief Minister KP (Chief Guest)
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9AWfop00SzmMq1HuPgTLRA