Pakistan Navy kicksoff ‘Mangroves plantation campaign’ 2019

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy (PN) launched ‘Mangroves Plantation Campaign 2019’ on Monday in connection with the vision of the government of making “Clean & Green Pakistan”.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi who was to be the chief guest at the event was unable to attend the ceremony due to extreme bad dust storm conditions prevailing in the metropolis since last night.

Subsequent to which, Rear Admiral Commandant Coast Fayyaz Gilani was the chief guest at the inauguration drive on behalf of the naval chief held at Port Qasim Authority in Karachi.

The entire plantation drive was aimed at planting about two million mangroves in the coastal areas within the belt of Sindh and Balochistan province.

Despite, immense dust and dirt of atmosphere, plantation drive at Port Qasim went in full swing

Speaking at the event, country head of the International Union for Con­ser­vation of Nature (IUCN), Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, said that the role of the Pakistan Navy is incredible for ensuring maximum plantation of mangroves forests in order to tackle the challenges of global warming and pollution.

This drive plays a vital role in creating awareness among the general public as to how much mangroves are important and its impacts over different climatic conditions.

It must be mentioned here that last year more than 2.3 million mangroves were planted.

During the event, civil and military officials were present in great numbers including Vice Chancellor University of Karachi, Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Chairman Port Qasim Authority, Asad Rafi Chandna and officials from IUCN, Sindh Forest Department, World Wildlife Fund were also present.

It can be rightly said that all these plantation drives are in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to grow 10 billion trees within a span of five years across the country.