Muzaffarabad: President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan, urged the people of the freed area to support the forests department’s efforts to conserve trees and sustain natural ecosystems on Tuesday.

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“The Department of Forests is doing a good job on its part to conserve the wealth of trees but their efforts will not yield desired results unless each citizen contributes to the conservation of the existing plantation and growth of new woodlands,” he said at the Aiwan-i-Sadr during a briefing by Secretary of State for Forests, Wildlife, and Fisheries, Syed Zahoor-ul Hassan Gillani.

The president noted that the AJK territory was known for its beautiful green forests and moderate climate and that every member of society had a responsibility to protect this wealth to keep the region appealing and captivating to tourists on the one hand and to maintain the ecological balance to save future generations’ futures on the other.

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Mr. Gillani had earlier briefed the president on his department’s work on forest protection, afforestation, and tree planting as part of the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program (TBTTP).

He asserted that the TBTTP’s goals had been mostly met and that the performance of the AJK was far superior to that of the rest of Pakistan.

Mr. Gillani said the Integrated Community Watershed Management initiative was also going in Muzaffarabad, Poonch, and Mirpur districts, among other operations of the forest department.

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