CDA to begin tree plantation drive from March 5

* 600,000 saplings to be planted during the campaign
CDA to begin tree  plantation drive  from March 5

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will start a tree plantation campaign from March 5, and over 600,000 saplings will be planted during the drive. 
Different organisations, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), will collaborate with the CDA during the drive. 
Talking to APP, an official of CDA said that clean and green environment guaranteed healthy and hearty life.
He said that trees and shrubs play major role in improving the urban landscape and help protect the city environment. Trees and shrubs meet different needs for food, shelter, energy and aesthetic in the city, he added. 
“The authority is applying all available resources to further strengthen the status of Islamabad as one of the most clean and green cities in the world,” he added. 
He requested the residents of the capital put forward their warm-hearted backing for this sacred cause.”
He said that “The ‘Clean and Green Islamabad’ campaign is meticulously designed, which will cover all areas of civic life.” He said that the campaign’s target was to accelerate cleanliness work in residential and commercial areas of Islamabad. 
AIOU joins in: Meanwhile, the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will initiate a three-day nationwide tree plantation campaign from today (Thursday) to assist the government in making the country pollution-free.
The tree plantation campaign is a joint effort of Capital Development Authority (CDA), Pakistan Red Crescent Society and Federal and Local Government departments, said Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi.
Under the arrangements, thousands of students, tutors, faculty members and employees of the university will plant saplings of different trees around the country through active support of its regional campuses, he added.
VC urged the students to actively participate in the campaign to clean the society free from pollution. 
AIOU’s campuses across the country will hold special events about tree-plantation campaign so as maximum students/people may be involved in the plantation drive, he added. To create awareness among the people about importance of trees and conservation of environment, the AIOU would also organised walk, seminars and various events at different parts of the country, Sangi said.
Under the awareness campaign, he said that posters and banners would also be displayed in major parts of the country. 

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