Objectives

Realizing that the extant of tree cover in Sindh is much less than that of international standard, SFD has set the following objectives for itself:

 

  1. To increase forest cover over un-stocked state lands in the province so as to achieve desired tree cover by the year 2025.
  2. To conserve and improve the existing mangrove forests and rangelands for maintaining sustained production and preservation of ecosystem.
  3. To promote tree planting among farming community to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
  4. To promote environmental/urban forestry in all major towns on sustained basis.
  5. To encourage private investment in forestry for expanding the forest resource base and generating employment.
  6. To plant maximum stretches of provincial road and canal sides by the year 2025.
  7. To put a halt to the degrading environment and biodiversity, and improve the wildlife habitat.‚Äč

 

In order to achieve the above mentioned goals; following strategies have been devised:

 

  1. Intensively manage riverine and inland forests for both production and environmental purposes.
  2. Rehabilitate degraded areas for forage production.
  3. Improve irrigation efficiency by re-modeling/re-designing forest irrigation channels.
  4. Test and introduce fast growing multipurpose tree species.
  5. Rehabilitate mangrove forests by adopting a multidimensional approach given as under:

 

  • Priority attention to planting mud flats receiving 2 tides daily rather than backwater areas where salts get deposited.
  • Re-vegetate sandy frontage area with grasses to provide shelter and erosion control.
  • Create awareness to motivate villagers for protecting the forests, assisting in rehabilitation work and planting alternate sources of fuel wood and fodder.
  • To carryout adaptive research on different local and exotic species and establishment techniques and management systems.

 

  1. Protect and improve rangelands through integrated extension services and linkages with livestock improvement programmes.
  2. Promote cooperation between different government line agencies, local residents and livestock owners including establishment of rangeland management societies.
  3. Encourage large scale planting of trees on private farmlands by providing subsidized nursery stock and technical assistance.
  4. Amenity/linear planting along roads, canals and railway tracks.
  5. Involve local councils, social institutions, NGOs, industries and other agencies in large scale amenity planting.
  6. Encourage farmers to make their own decisions with regard to choice of tree species at the same time providing technical guidance.
  7. Further strengthen extension capabilities and create extension unit to collect, compile and distribute wood market information for tree farmers.
  8. Establish/improve communication between the producers and users of wood and wood products.