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WWF – Pakistan Strongly Condemns the approval of Islamabad Zone 3 as a place for housing and other construction activities by the Capital Development Authority.

23 December, 2010




WWF – Pakistan Strongly Condemns the approval of Islamabad Zone 3 as a place for housing and other construction activities by the Capital Development Authority.


Lahore: WWF, the conservation organisation has strongly condemned the approval of Islamabad Zone 3 as a place for housing and other construction activities by the Capital Development Authority.

Zone 3 is made up of part of the largely cover the Margallah Hills National Park, a protected area comprising a large number of animals and birds as well as an unspoilt natural environment. The Capital Development Authority has given approval for 2,700 acres to be developed for housing schemes as well as the construction of roads between Shah Allah Ditta and Sangjani, west of Islamabad.

Apart from the important threatened bird and animal wildlife species it harbours, the area is a watershed for the Rawal Lake. If this project goes through, it will spell ruination of the area as a natural environment. It will have an extremely negative impact on the area’s wildlife and plant species, as well as further depleting Pakistan’s already meagre forest resources. Globally, construction of this sort is prohibited in protected areas.

WWF – Pakistan is deeply concerned about this decision. The organisation has been active in the past in stopping such projects. It was involved in the New Murree project and Islamabad chalets which was finally decided in court cases to stop unsustainable development, with the decision that the project would not go ahead. Currently WWF is part of a suo moto case against forest encroachments in the Murree Forest Division.

WWF strongly urges the CDA, the EPA and the Prime Minister to take action revisit on this decision, choosing the natural environment which is a dire need of the country, over the development project which will harm Pakistan’s future.this will have serious repercussions on the already rapidly depleting forests of Pakistan. The current forest cover stands at only 2.5% of the country area according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) recently published report.

For further information

Nuzhat Saadia Siddiqi
Coordinator, Press & Media Relations
0305 471 5120
nsaadia@wwf.org.pk
http://www.facebook.com/WWFPak