REDD+, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change and the Role of Working Plan (Discussion)

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Discussion Topic – Keeping in view the current Modern Forestry like REDD+, Carbon Sequestration and Climate change activities, the role of Working Plan is important in hill forest management and irrigated plantations or no need of any working plan as most of the forests are being managed with out Working plan? – Discussion started by Mr Ajmal Rahim CCF Punjab

These inputs have been provided by Forestry Experts from all over Pakistan (in PFI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WhatsApp Group). Inputs are based on the order these were provided.

[Mr Waqas Shah] Respected sir, the role of working plan is going weaker, day by day due to the mixed crop techniques. Secondly, our evaluation teams / department demand for more than 80 percent is the criteria for success of plantation. So function & theme of thinning is no more.

[Mr Tariq Bangash] Respected sir, there is no alternate to the Working plan. Sir, it should be written and applied in true spirit. However, our competence in writing and following working plan has degraded manifolds. How Forest and Forestry can be sustained without silvicultural operations (mandatory).

[Mr Rizwan DFO] Working plan is the holly book of any Forest division and the role of working plan is not limited, we may incorporate REDD+ working circle, etc to modernize with current scenarios.

I have read out the working plan of Nawab Shah Division, which was compiled by Ghulam Hussain SDFO in the year 1969 to 1979, he had mentioned how to convert barren land with green forest by applying technical working circle. I believe, we need only to modernize working plan code with current scenario.

Sir, I have attended the seminar conducted by SFM on working plan code. Being DFO, I was unaware of this terminology, and 1st time learnt the concept of working plan code. We need to modify it with current situation. The same recommendation was given by me at PFI.

[ ] Working Plan is the most important document for Forest Management and it mostly relates with various aspects. Besides Climatic and Environmental aspects Social and Economic aspects are also to be considered but we now live in an era where we have the only non technical and non professional statement of high leadership that cutting of a single tree mean killing a human being, so do avoid it always.

Mean to say, the only plan we have in hand is just to plant trees and protect it besides the existing nature and over mature trees and never think of it to be an industry for economic growth. Working Plans are ignored since decades Sir.

[Mr Yasir Warraich] Working plan is basically a plan of Forest for next some decades. In modern forestry specially in Pakistan there is no more scope of green felling. So planing should be done for restoration of denuded lands and increase in tree cover. But traditional working plans along with old silviculture system are not the need of the day in current scenario of forestry in Pakistan. Modern forestry is much more eco-friendly rather than traditional economical aspects of forestry.

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Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani

NJMH is working as Deputy Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu (techurdu.net) Forestrypedia (forestrypedia.com), Majestic Pakistan (majesticpakistan.pk), All Pak Notifications (allpaknotifications.com), Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

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