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:
- To increase forest cover over un-stocked state lands in the province so as to achieve desired tree cover by the year 2025.
- To conserve and improve the existing mangrove forests and rangelands for maintaining sustained production and preservation of ecosystem.
- To promote tree planting among farming community to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
- To promote environmental/urban forestry in all major towns on sustained basis.
- To encourage private investment in forestry for expanding the forest resource base and generating employment.
- To plant maximum stretches of provincial road and canal sides by the year 2025.
- To put a halt to the degrading environment and biodiversity, and improve the wildlife habitat.
In order to achieve the above mentioned goals; following strategies have been devised:
- Intensively manage riverine and inland forests for both production and environmental purposes.
- Rehabilitate degraded areas for forage production.
- Improve irrigation efficiency by re-modeling/re-designing forest irrigation channels.
- Test and introduce fast growing multipurpose tree species.
- 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.
- Protect and improve rangelands through integrated extension services and linkages with livestock improvement programmes.
- Promote cooperation between different government line agencies, local residents and livestock owners including establishment of rangeland management societies.
- Encourage large scale planting of trees on private farmlands by providing subsidized nursery stock and technical assistance.
- Amenity/linear planting along roads, canals and railway tracks.
- Involve local councils, social institutions, NGOs, industries and other agencies in large scale amenity planting.
- Encourage farmers to make their own decisions with regard to choice of tree species at the same time providing technical guidance.
- Further strengthen extension capabilities and create extension unit to collect, compile and distribute wood market information for tree farmers.
- Establish/improve communication between the producers and users of wood and wood products.