Lahore: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has asked its Governing Body to appoint a consultant for the preparation of the Lahore Urban Forestry Master Plan — with the initiative aimed at launching a grand plantation drive in the city, a news source reported earlier today (August 6). The project is expected to involve the planting of nearly 6 million trees within a year.
According to the details available, the ultimate plan is to increase the city’s forest cover from the current 1% to 15%. The primary purpose of the project is to tackle environmental pollution and contribute towards combating global warming. The urban forests will also be planted in private housing schemes.
Reportedly, the LDA has already drafted the terms of reference (TORs) for the appointment of the consultant. The consultant’s tasks will include identification of suitable land near Canal Bank, River Bank and several other areas of the city. A separate plan will also be prepared for the preservation of the plantations and a map will also be prepared outlining the tree cover in the city.