KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary, Muhammad Siddiq Memon chairing a meeting Friday sought support of concerned communities for massive tree plantation in riverain areas of the province.
Reviewing arrangements made for rehabilitation of flood affected areas in the province, he said forestation in katcha or riverain areas was crucial for protection of settled localities besides strengthening bunds or the small dams raised at different locations along the river Sindh.
The Chief Secretary said communities have to be made conscious that trees also contribute towards drop in temperature besides contributing towards their livelihood and also enhancing greenery considered an important factor in reducing stress level of the area inhabitants.
Decertification is also a serious threat and concerted efforts to address it through updated techniques also needed to be properly contemplated followed by concreted action, said Siddiq Memon.
Sindh Secretary for Forests, Sajjad Hussain Abbasi told the meeting that, in compliance to the directives of Chief Minister, series of measures were being taken for plantation across the province.
He said forestation is to be started soon from Kashmore to Karachi and an estimated 400,000 acres of land is to be covered with indigenous trees.
Sindh Secretary for Irrigation also briefed the meeting about steps taken to facilitate plantation in the province.