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National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change has been told that 408.5 million trees were planted during the last five years but only half of them survived.

Its meeting held in Islamabad was briefed by Secretary of Climate Change Ministry Arif Ahmad Khan on environment related issues.

He identified fires, clearance of forests for agriculture and other land uses, illegal tree cutting by timber mafia, lack of alternative fuel, land erosion and poor implementation of forest protection laws as key drivers of deforestation.

The meeting was told that revised draft of the National Forest Policy is ready for presentation to the next meeting of the Council of Common Interests.


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