The research and analysis consultancy claims that the work being done by the Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) is a good thing for the country and for the global environment. “The PFI is looking into the different climate change impacts in various regions throughout Pakistan and how this affects forestry resources,” stated FRA’s analysis partner Peter Collins.
The PFI explained to the APP: “It is the first professional attempt to address the emerging issues of climate change and global warming and its overall impact on the environment and weather of the country and region.”
Most importantly, claims the FRA, Pakistan is looking at the ways in which the forestry industry can help to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Mr Collins added, “There are a number of ways forestry can help reduce climate change, by providing habitats and most importantly, by absorbing CO2 emitted by industry.”
FRA claims that developing countries, like Pakistan, can actually benefit financially from simply planting trees and selling carbon credits to industrial countries that emit huge amounts of CO2, like the US.
More and more investors in the West are turning their attention to timber for these reasons, added FRA, which advocates investment in sustainable forestry schemes, such as the ones operated by firms like Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada.
The research being carried out by the PFI is looking to ascertain the exact forest cover in the country and how this can be utilized or enhanced to try to reduce the effects of climate change in the region.
PFI’s officials added an explanation of the benefits of forestry plantation, “Non Timber Forests Produce (NTFP) is important source of revenue for forests dwellers and plays key role in poverty alleviation.”
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