To find out workable solutions to the effect of climate change on the forests of Azad Jummu and Kashmir (AJK), a comprehensive third-party evaluation of AJK’s forest management interventions has been completed.
The study, completed by Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) Peshawar, will help to effectively plan and formulate strategies for sustainable conservation, protection and development of forests in the region.
According to an official of PFI, the institute has also launched a project to determine the range of water stress survival of different trees to determine the best choice of trees for plantation in the region. The project was originally launched to identify problems pertaining to increasing threat of water shortage in the region, the official said.
Additionally, PFI has completed a study to determine the climatic change scenario in Pakistan’s various ecological zones and its impact on forest resources. The study is the first professional attempt to find out a workable solution to climate change and global warming in Pakistan. Moreover, a mapping exercise has been undertaken to monitor forests cover in all districts of the country with the help of geographic information systems and remote sensing technology.
These projects will help provide valuable information about the national forest cover and land use pattern over time, the PFI official said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2012.