Sargodha: Sargodha University on Thursday hold a day-long seminar and arranged an awareness walk in connection with The International Day of Forests (IDF) under the theme of ‘Forests and Education.’ The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012.
The day was observed to boost the awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in the region.
The walk was organised by the Department of Botany, Sargodha University in which Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, the Vice Chancellor, Dr Fazal ur Rahman, Director Pakistan Institute of China Studies, Saeed Tabbasum, Conservator of Forest, Sargodha Circle, Imran Riaz, DFO, Dr Amir Ali, Chairman Department of Botany, faculty members and students participated.
The walk was started from the fountain chock and concluded at Noon Business Hall, where students displayed posters and banners to create awareness about the conservation of forests, an essential part of life.
The Vice Chancellor planted a sapling at a garden in front of the VC Office. Addressing the occasion Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad highlighted the need for a rigorous campaign to strictly enforce policies to protect forests and the promotion of sustainable forest management policies. He said forestry and wildlife were two important resources for well-being and development of a society.
Dr Ahmad urged the students to plant more saplings to mitigate effects of rising heat level and environmental changes.
Saeed Tabbasum highlighted a vital role of forests in the battle against climate change and release oxygen into the atmosphere, while storing carbon dioxide. They also create and maintain soil fertility and help regulate the often devastating impact of storms, floods and fires, he said.
Dr Amir Ali expressed that sustainable forest governance is only possible if it is rooted in collective local action. He said “there is no easy way to overcome the multidimensional problems involved in forest management, as managing natural resource conflicts is an integral part of natural resource governance.”
Besides, the University also organized different events including awareness walk, seminars and speech Competition in connection with the ‘Clean and Green Pakistan Campaign’ of the Prime Minister and a week-long celebration of Punjab Government to ‘Sanitation and Afforestation.’