The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations will help the Ministry of Climate Change and provincial forest departments improve environment, increase resilience to deforestation and forest degradation and improve livelihoods in Pakistan through ‘chilgoza’ (pine) over the next five years.
The help will come through a project titled ‘reversing deforestation and forest degradation in high conservation value ‘chilgoza’ (pine) in Pakistan’. The Global Environment Facility, which is the largest public donor for projects aimed at improving the global environment, will provide financial support for the initiative to be executed in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to the FAO, the chilgoza ecosystem in Pakistan is subjected to negative impacts of climate change. ‘Chilgoza’ (pine) is an important member of the unique ecosystem of the dry temperate ecological zone and has the potential to contribute billions of rupees to the economy by providing non-timber forest products and fuel wood. The selling season of ‘chilgoza’ will begin in October. Under the project, the FAO and its partners will strengthen the local regulatory and policy environment for integrated and sustainable management of ‘chilgoza’ forests, conserving and restoring ‘chilgoza’ forest landscape and building capacity of institutions.
Reporter. FAO to help fight forest degradation. The News, September 10, 2017.