11 Sep '11, 7am

Deforestation: On the juniper trail

Deforestation: On the juniper trail 03 July 2011 | News story Not many of us know that Pakistan has one of the world’s largest juniper forests. Juniper trees are unique as they grow about an inch a year. Comparing the rate of growth with the size of the trees found in the Ziarat area, some trees are estimated to be more than 2,500 years old. This precious forest is presently threatened by increasing population and hence the growing need for more residential space and expansion of agriculture. The trees are being ruthlessly cut down as the local communities require wood for cooking, heating and construction. Due to absence of options, people migrating from Ziarat to the barren, low lying areas during the winter usually cut down trees and carry their fuel stock with them for the entire winter season. Considering the conservation of juniper forests as well as livelihood resou...

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