Green Islamabad Campaign Kicks off

Spring Tree Plantation drive attributed to martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has attributed its Spring Tree Plantation Drive-2015 under its “Green Islamabad Campaign” to the martyrs of Army Public School (APS), Peshawar.

This was announced by the Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal on the occasion of inaugural ceremony of Spring Tree Plantation Campaign – 2015 here at Sector D-12 on Thursday. Member Environment Syed Mustafain Kazmi, senior officers and officials of Authority, senior citizens, representatives of sector citizens committees, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), traders, Islamabad Horticulture Society, National Horticulture Society, Pakistan Boys Scout, Pakistan Girls guide, students of different schools, colleges and universities actively participated in the event.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by many celebrities and dignitaries including Saqlain Mushtaq, a renowned off spinner of Pakistan Cricket team, Kanwal Naseer and Laila Zuberi and Director General Environment Protection Agency, Dr. Khursheed. While the ceremony was held with the collaboration of Sarnia Hotel and Engro foods.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal said that tree plantation is our national as well as religious responsibility but the most important factor is to take care of the plants to ensure their maximum survival so these can to the beauty of the environment. He said that CDA has decided to provide tree plantation spaces to the schools of Islamabad and each planted plant would be named after a family or student so that people pay regular visits to these sites to ensure their survival. He said that CDA has decided to include the students in its tree plantation drive so that being the future of the nation they should be awared about the importance of trees in our life. He said that CDA has also established ten (10) free sapling distribution points  residents would not only be provided with free of cost plant saplings but would also be imparted with knowledge about the take care of these planted saplings.

He said that the active participation of the children in this tree plantation campaign further highlights the importance of the environment as they are the true catalyst of change who would reinforce the efforts of the stake holders for the conservation and preservation of the environment and further beautifying it. Strict monitoring should be carried out to ensure maximum survival of the planted saplings, adding that protection of planted saplings during this drive should be taken as challenge by both CDA and the residents of the Federal Capital, so that this drive could be turned into success, said that Chairman CDA. He said that during the ongoing tree plantation drive, focus would be given to seasonal fruit plants and other plants for beautification purpose, adding that these saplings would be planted at major avenues, parks and service roads. He said that due care of the plants would be taken as per scientific standards to ensure maximum survival rate.

On this occasion Member Environment, Syed Mustafain Kazmi briefed that CDA has been given a target to plant 3 lacs saplings but the authority decided to plant five (05) lacs saplings which would be planted across Islamabad in collaboration with other organization. He further briefed that ten (10) points for distribution of plants have been established at prominent locations in Islamabad where plants, free of cost would be provided to the general public during the Spring Tree Plantation Drive – 2015. The purpose of establishment of these plants distribution points is to ensure maximum and active participation of the masses in the ongoing plantation drive, Member Environment added. He further apprised that CDA has also launched a comprehensive awareness campaign, adding that banners, streamers and other publicity material has been displayed across the capital city to highlight the importance of plantation and trees to make Islamabad more beautiful and green.

Member Environment, Syed Mustafain Kazmi apprised the Chairman CDA  that Environment wing is working hard to increase the green cover and preserve the green character of the Federal Capital, adding that, during this Spring Campaign 500,000 sapling would be planted in urban and regional areas of the city.

On this occasion stalls different species of plants, flowers and Agro tools were also established. Chairman CDA visited the stalls and appreciated the efforts of different organization for their efforts for betterment of environment.

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