Minister of State for Pakistan environment change Zartaj Gul said that the ministry of climate change will use the Global Position System (GPS) for effective monitoring and evaluation of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami plantation project.
This would help people get in-tuned with their respective district forest officers (DFOs), chief commissioners and other officials liable for managing plantation in their respective domains to watch and provides their input to enhance plantation in their districts, she said this in an exclusive talk with APP.
Zartaj recommended Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to plant trees within the federal capital rather than staging a sit-in. “Planting more trees within the metropolis will help Maulana to conserve the environment and obtain a gift from Almighty Allah,” she added.
She said the provincial forest departments and authorities concerned are already on board and have a transparent agenda for implementing 10 Billion Trees to control climate change.
To an issue, she said the parliamentarians had a key role within the success of those initiatives like 10 Billion Trees and therefore the bag ban.
Unless the parliamentarians are not going to take the lead in monitoring their constituencies the issues of poor implementation and price hike in household items cannot be controlled. I am personally monitoring my constituency and keep myself aware of the situation pertaining to prices of goods and plantation and remain in close coordination with the district management to provide relief to the masses.
Responding to a different query, she said the ban on plastic bags can’t be successful without public education and creating awareness about the menace of plastic bags.
“The chief ministers of the four provinces have vowed to impose a ban on plastic bags within their provinces where the statutory regulatory order (SRO) imposed by the ministry is replicable in the provinces. Now, it’s up to them how they’re going to take up this matter,” Zartaj noted.
She added that the general public is motivated within the federal capital to quit using plastic bags whereas the inflow of plastic bags from adjoining provinces is hampering the thanks to ensuring complete compliance of the ban.