Caritas Pakistan planted 50 saplings at the conclusion of its fifth annual staff and volunteers convention held Dec 13 to 15 in Lahore.

The drive was part of the One Million Tree plantation campaign, launched in 2016, under which more than 7 lacs plants have already been planted around the country. Caritas diocesan units attended the event during an exposure visit on December 15 to Safari Park, a popular tourist destination in Lahore. It is a largest forest developed by forest department in 2009; later on it was named as Safari park, a natural place for wild animals to live in.

Mr. Syed Nadeem Abbas, Sub Divisional Forest Officer (SDFO) of the Punjab Forest Department and the park supervisor joined Mr. Amjad Gulzar Caritas Pakistan Executive Director in planting the saplings.

“According to the United Nations, countries must have a forest cover of at least 25 percent of their total land while also stressing that cities must have a forest cover of 10 percent. Presently the Punjab province has only 3.1 percent of its land covered in forest. Similar campaigns must be spearheaded on war footing to address the environmental, economic and social needs,” said Mr. Nadeem in his address.

Mr. Amjad thanked safari zoo administration and Punjab forest department for cooperating with Caritas Pakistan.

“We are accompanied by forest and irrigation department in some of the district. They facilitated us in running the campaign. The symbolic gesture of planting a sapling will inspire our teams to care for the environment and ensure food security.”