Usually it is said that birds do not make nests on Eucalyptus tree. It is amazing that a nest of Milvus migrans (black kite) local name "Cheel" was found on the tall tree Eucalyptus in the premises of Peshawar Zoo
In connection with the Plant for Pakistan initiative a graceful event was held on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) jointly organized by Forest Department KP and PFI. The faculty, forestry students and administration actively participated in the event and showed their firm commitment to increase the Forest cover to international standards and reduce the adverse effects of Climate Change. Mr. Siddique Khan Khattak, CCF speaking on the event ensured that the FD KP department will continue it's efforts to increase the green cover of the province. Honorable Ishtiaq Urmar, Minister for Forestry & Environment, KP initiated the Plant 4 Pakistan drive by doting the plant seedling. Later on Mr. Masud Ahmad, Additional Secretary KP Environment Department; Mr. Hakim Shah, DG PFI, Mr. Siddique Khan Khattak,CCF; Mr Safdar Shah, CCF WL , Mr Shafqat Munir, CF; Dr Mamoona, Director Forest Education Division; PFI staff and Forestry Students all planted tree plant species in the premises of PFI. The presence of Mr. Arbab Sher Ali, MNA and Mr. Peer Fida , MPA also showed the strong assurance of government for development of Forestry in the country.
After taking oath the Caretaker Minister for Forestry, Environment and Wildlife Mr.Rasheed Khan along with the Secretary, Forestry, Environment and Wildlife Mr.Zakir Hussain Afridi visited Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar on 29th June, 2018. The honourable guests were briefed about the activities and achievements of Pakistan Forest Institute by Director General, PFI Mr.Hakim Shah. A visit of the PFI Museum was also conducted. The honourable guests appreciated the work done by the PFI.
United Nation celebrates World Environment Day on every 5th June through out the world. In this regard Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar organized a function in the Auditorium of PFI with the collaboration of REDD+, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Forest Department, Wildlife Department and Environmental Protection Agency. Theme of the year 2018 was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. The chief guest of the programme was Mr. Hakim Shah, Director General, Pakistan Forest Institute. On this occasion special talk on the subject was delivered by Dr.Bashir Khan, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency, Mr.Sadique Khattak, Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr.Safdar Shah, Chief Conservator Forest Wildlife and Dr.Hizb Ullah, Chairman, Department of Environment, University of Peshawar. A speech competition was also held among the students of PFI. Moreover the children of Forest Model School and Zarif Memorial School also performed tableau. Director General, PFI emphasis on the importance of the Environment. At the end shields/certificates were distributed.
A two days National Workshop titled “Implementation Modalities of National Forest Policy” was held at Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar on 16th & 17th August, 2017, under Green Pakistan Programme (GPP), Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. The objectives of the workshop was to propose the Implementation Modalities for National Forest Policy. The Chief Guest of the inaugural session was Mr. Habib Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Islamia College University, Peshawar. The participants of the workshop were Forests owners, timber dealers, NGOs, Environmentalist, Wood base Industrialists, Forest Educationists, University officials etc. Mr. Ali Gauher Khan, Director, Forestry Research Division, PFI, Peshawar told the audience that this policy is water conservation, carbon credits and climate change oriented and we are sharing it with all stake holders before its final approval, so that maximum input is incorporated, DG, PFI welcomed the guests from all over the country and requested for full participation in the debate. Syed Mahmood Nasir, IGF, Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad briefed about the Green Pakistan Programme and highlighted the achievements. Mr. Zia-ul-Haq, Special Secretary, Forestry, Environment and Wildlife Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa emphasised at the closing of the workshop that a holistic approached be adopted for the conservation of green growth and biodiversity and that such like workshops always given us an opportunity to prepare a policy document that fulfil the needs of the common man to meet the present day challenges of the environmental issues. He congratulated PFI on holding such a high level workshop with full representation from all federating units of the country.
A two days National Workshop titled “Implementation Modalities of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAPs)” was held at Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar on 2nd & 3rd August, 2017, under Green Pakistan Programme (GPP), Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad. The emphasis of the workshop was to propose the Implementation Modalities for National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan to strengthen policy milieu for biodiversity conservation in the country. Eminent foresters, conservationist, researchers and academician from all over the country participated in the event. Worthy Special Secretary, Forestry, Environment and Wildlife Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Muhammad Ziaulhaq Khan inaugurated the workshop. Inspector General of Forests Pakistan Syed Mahmood Nasir was the key note Speaker. The Honourable Minister of Environment, Government of Balochistan Mr. Ubaidullah Jan Babat was the chief guest in the closing session.
A meeting on Review of ADP Projects of PFI was held in Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar on 6th July, 2017. Worthy Additional Secretary, Forestry, Environment and Wildlife Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Muhammad Masood Khan presided the meeting. In the remarks, he appreciated the research work carried out under these projects. Moreover, he emphasized the need of writing the research articles on the results of these projects.
Honourable Chief Secretary, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Abid Saeed visited Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar on 23rd May, 2017. He was accompanied by Secretary, Forestry, Environment and Wildlife Mr. Nazar Hussain Shah. On his arrival he was welcomed by the Mr. Hakim Shah, Director General, Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar and the officiers of the Institute. He was brief about the PFI. He also visited PFI Museum, Auditorium, Central Forest Library and Forest Products Laboratories. He took keen interest in the activites of the Institute.