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Published Date: Dec 5, 2002
The State of Forests in Pakistan through a Pressure-State-Response Framework (W-82)
Abid Qaiyum Suleri, SDPI
The objective of this paper is to discuss the state of forests in Pakistan using the Pressure-State Response framework (PSR). This framework links pressures on the forestry sector-as a result of human activities-, with changes in the state (condition) of the forests. In this connection different pressures and their impacts on forestry sector are discussed. The responses of society to mitigate the pressure or to improve the conditions of forestry sector by instituting environmental and economic programmes and policies are analysed. The main finding is that the present responses are insufficient as well as poorly implemented. Legal/institutional/ and policy reforms alone are not the answer to the pressure being faced by our forestry sector today. Good laws and policies are useless without a political and administrative will to break the status quo. Further it should be realised that community participation is a must for sustainable forest management. It would make forestry an instrument of the policy rather than its objective, thus leading to achieve the sustainable livelihood and reducing the pressure on forestry sector.