At the inauguration of an ‘urban forest’ at the Government Elementary College of Education, Murtaza Wahab, Spokesperson for the Sindh government and Adviser to the CM said the Sindh government hopes to make the province as green as possible.
Singer Shehzad Roy and Director and Founder of Clifton Urban Forest, Masood Lohar were also present on the occasion.
The urban forest project was launched under a public-private partnership.
Barrister Wahab said, “Standing here, you may not believe that this is Karachi.”
He lauded the role of the elementary college and said that plantation work already started in other cities of Sindh, including Karachi. “We have planned here together with Shehzad Roy and in the coming days these trees will not only provide us oxygen, but will also help mitigate hot weather.”
According to Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change, 126 urban forest projects using the Miyawaki technique are being developed across the country, with 51 in Lahore, 50 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 20 in Islamabad and five in Karachi.
Urban forests are using the Japanese ‘Miyawaki’ method to restore green cover. The technique achieves dense and quick plant growth and is being used in Pakistan as a way to combat global warming.
In Third Pole’s, ‘Will urban forests in Pakistan have a lasting environmental impact? environmental expert and forester, Javed Maher, in his interview with journalist Manesh Kumar, says that in the efforts to use the Miyawaki method, “natural forestry is being ignored which requires no water, just protection.”
The Miyawaki technique requires the planting of “evergreen and deciduous plants, light demanders, shade-bearing plants as well as deep and shallow-rooted plants,” but in Pakistan this scientific approach is not being applied.
“I saw babul [gum Arabic trees] being planted in Miyawaki forests as a native tree, but it kills other plants – including its own species – while it grows. Miyawaki technique was invented in the equatorial zone, where annual rainfall is about 1,600 millimetres, whereas Pakistan is in the subtropical zone and records annual rainfall at 170 to 250 millimetres. The efficacy of the Miyawaki technique in arid zones like ours has not been tested,” he added.
From : pk.mashable.com