PM directs use of technology to preserve forests

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to use technology for preservation of forests and called for an effective strategy to check tree-cutting.

Chairing a meeting on preservation and restoration of forests in Punjab, he called for formulating a comprehensive strategy to restore plantation in the province.

The Prime Minister said plantation was vital to reduce pollution and stressed that restoration of forests was among the top-priority areas for the government.

He also stressed the need to check practice of illegal hunting that caused disturbance of bio-diversity.

Adviser on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, Minister for Forestry Punjab Sibtain Khan and senior officials attended the meeting.

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The Prime Minister was given briefing on the steps taken for the restoration of Changa Manga forest, of which the 2,4500 acres land was made barren by tree-cutting during last few years.

The government has completed plantation at over 1,000 acres under 10 Billion Tree Tsunami which will be expanded to 2,500 acres till year 2023.