The Standing Committee on Climate Change showed grave concern towards increase in Forrest fires in Khyber Pakhtun Khawa in its meeting on Tuesday.
Chaired by Senator Senator Sitara Ayaz, the meeting was attended by Senator Sherry Rehman, Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Seantor Samina Saeed, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Senator Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, Senator Faisal Javed, Senator Gul Bashra, Senator Muhammad Akram and senior officers from the Ministry for Climate Change along with all concerned.
The Committee was informed that 200 hectares of Forrest area has been affected this year, which is a rare occurrence. It was revealed that most affected area was private Forrest land that was being cut down to store wood for the winters. It was noted that these areas lacked fuel and energy supply. Some also set Forrest fires for adventure.
Chairperson Committee, Senator Sitara Ayaz directed that joint efforts must be made in coordination with PDMA and NDMA to control such incidents without discriminating between government and private land. Secretary Ministry for Climate Change, Hassan Nasir Jamy, said that a regulation framework must be developed to control this. Chairperson Committee, Senator Sitara Ayaz asserted that planting trees is not enough to protect the environment, it was imperative that trees and foliage be conserved. She added that the Committee will follow-up on this issue in the next meeting. The Committee was of the opinion that citizens must also take responsibility for the environment.
Chairman CDA briefed the Committee on implementation of the resolution passed by the Senate on 19th April, 2019. The House recommended that the Government reinstate green belts in Islamabad. The Committee was informed that CDA will conduct a massive plantation drive and is currently in the process of removing all illegal structures that have contributed to loss of greenery in Islamabad. The Committee directed that a detailed briefing on Kachi Abadis be conducted in the next meeting. The Committee took strict notice of absence of Adivsor Ministry of Climate Change.