Protection of N.As natural resources top priority’


Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday, August 16—-August 22, 2008
By Our Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi has said protection and promotion of natural resources in the Northern Areas was among the top priorities of the government.
He said the environment ministry in collaboration with the local population and the Mountain Conservation and Development Programme (MCDP) would effectively implement protection plans. He was talking to a delegation of the MCPD which called on him here.
The MCPD delegation, comprising Mohammad Jamil, Dr Memoona Khan and Ejaz Ahmad, briefed the minister in detail about matters pertaining to protection of natural resources and wildlife in the Northern Areas. Senior officials of the environment ministry were also present on the occasion. The delegation also apprised the minister of the steps being taken by the MCPD for the preservation of forests and wildlife in different valleys, particularly Diamer, in collaboration with the locals.

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