ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has created 18 Miyawaki forests in various parts of the capital city over the last two months.

On Sunday, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed told Dawn, “We are exploring more options for similar new forests.” Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, directed the creation of these forests. The prime minister inaugurated the first Miyawaki forest in Islamabad’s Shakarparian region in February this year as part of the ten-billion-dollar tsunami project.

The CDA planted three indigenous cheer saplings in these forests: Dodonaea Viscosa (Sanatha), Bauhinia Variegata, and Dodonaea Viscosa (Sanatha) (Kachnar). Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist and specialist in plant ecology, pioneered the Miyawaki Forest method of tree planting.

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Trees are planted close together in this process, and during the early stages of development, the plants compete with one another for room, light, and water, resulting in faster growth. Plants are grown using this method grow ten times faster than those grown on a traditional plantation.

Meanwhile, according to a CDA press release, forests have been planted in 18 locations across the city so far, with 23 places to be built in Islamabad.

Shakarparian, Blue Region, F-6, F-7, F-8, F-10, D-12, G-6, G-7, Fatima Jinnah Park, and other locations have been planted with trees. According to the study, the remaining forests will be planted in various sectors, including G-10 and I-9.

“The CDA is also putting plans in place to ensure that these forests are protected. Since trees are planted in a unique arrangement in Miyawaki forests, they grow 10 percent faster than regular forests. These forests would aid in the reduction of emissions in the environment.”

On the greenbelts of various highways, primarily along the Srinagar Highway, many trees have also been planted. Previously, the environment wing was part of the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), but in November of last year, the federal government handed it over to the CDA.

CDA has been focusing on the city’s green character since taking control of the wing, according to sources, and a fully-fledged forestry park covering 350 acres is also being created, where CDA’s staff is currently planting trees.

According to an officer from the environment wing, Islamabad will have a new look by the end of the year due to significant tree planting.

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