Deforestation in various parts of Balochistan is damaging the ecosystem and requires urgent attention.

As winters approach, locals are chopping off wood to fulfil their needs. According to activist, Khalil Baloch, Juniper, Palos and Olive are some of the endangered trees that are being used for firewood.

He said gas would be a cheaper option but the remote areas don’t have a gas supply.

“The truck-loads of wood were also carried to other parts of the province for sale. The forest department has given freehand for the trees cutting by collecting forest tax,” he added.

The official of the forest department said the people of the area did not have an alternative resource to heat their homes.

He said the department would take measures to control the unfettered cutting of trees to help the restoration of the ecosystem in the province.

He said the provincial government should introduce eco-friendly electric stoves to reduce the pressure on forests during the winter season.

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