GB CM announces Nowruz and spring festival celebrations from March 21 to 23.
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Khalid Khurshid said, while addressing a meeting of the Steering Committee on Tree Plantation Campaign.
GB CM announces Nowruz and spring festival celebrations from March 21
He said that the GB govt linked the celebrations of Nowruz and Spring Festival to tree plantation drive in the region.
Moreover, he announced plantation of 2 million trees for the first time in Gilgit-Baltistan in three days.
He said that the campaign would involve people from all walks of life including students from schools, colleges and police department.
Chief Minister further said that special attention would be given to social forestry.
He said that forests would be sold to grow in suitable mountainous areas.
He further stated that GB region was being affected by global warming and its glaciers were melting.
The GB CM said that these challenges could be met through extensive plantation and forestry.
He added that river erosion was also causing massive damage in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Khalid Khurshid further said that river deforestation could also be prevented through afforestation.
The Department of Forests and Wildlife should focus on tree plantation in the respective areas affected by deforestation on a priority basis.
Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid directed the Secretary Forests to prepare a clear roadmap for the promotion of forests so that a direction could be set.
Complete data of total available land of Gilgit-Baltistan for plantation and forestry should be prepared, Chief Minister GB added.
Meanwhile, Senior Provincial Minister for Forests and Wildlife Raja Zikrian also attended the meeting.