PMAS-AAUR and SPFC signed MoU to Promote Forestry Research

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote forestry research in South Punjab with the overall aim to increase the forest cover of South Punjab.


The MoU was signed by Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR and Tahir Rasheed, CEO, SPFC on behalf of their respective organizations.


Other objectives of this understanding include research collaboration and writing joint research papers and publications, proposal development, putting up efforts to improving the forest cover in assigned riverine, arid and irrigated areas of South Punjab through long-term forest monitoring, and supporting each other in achieving the overall goal of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in forestry sector.


This partnership will allow the students of Forestry, Range Management & Wildlife, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi to conduct research on SPFC's project sites which will promote commercial forestry and range management in Pakistan.


Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza, VC, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 'lauded the efforts of SPFC in the effort to increase forest cover in south Punjab. He said that this MoU will help to conduct joint activities/Research projects and maintain of commercial forest activities by the students of faculty of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife. He hoped that such collaboration will result in successful implementation of going efforts by private investors and their paper & scientific reporting.


According to Tahir Rasheed, CEO, SPFC,The MoU will pave way for the students of natural sciences to research on the benefits of commercial forestry and range management to the economy and environment alike. He further said, 'The Government of the Punjab takes pride in introducing commercial forestry in Pakistan and by engaging the brilliant minds this field is definitely going to prosper'.