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CDA Announces Plan to Plant 30,000 Trees in Islamabad Park

Islamabad, January 18, 2024: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced an ambitious plan to plant 30,000 new trees in Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9 Park) in Islamabad starting February 8th. This is part of a larger city-wide afforestation campaign aimed at enhancing Islamabad’s green cover and combating rising pollution levels.

According to CDA Environment Director Ahmed Khan, the tree planting drive in F-9 Park will be carried out in collaboration with private companies as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts. He specified that the CDA will only accept tree sapling donations that are at least 10 feet tall and comprise approved species such as Arjan, Kachnar, Silver Oak and Jacaranda.

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The CDA has prepared a comprehensive plan to ensure the saplings are properly planted and maintained. CDA Chairman Ali Abbas highlighted that this initiative is a crucial step towards achieving the government’s target of planting over 100,000 trees across Islamabad this year.

Earlier, the CDA had urged Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to mitigate environmental damages from recent gas pipeline projects by donating 10,000 tall tree saplings. SNGPL has agreed to support the CDA’s green initiative. The public-private partnership model is expected to give a boost to the city’s green cover.

Environmental experts have lauded the CDA’s plan as trees help combat pollution, reduce heat stress, provide habitat for birds/animals, and improve health & well-being. They advised proper post-plantation care of the saplings to ensure maximum survival rate. The CDA invited all private companies and institutions to join the noble cause of expanding Islamabad’s green spaces.

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