ISLAMABAD According to forest assessment conducted by the Ministry of Environment in 2004, total area of the forest in the country is 5.01 per cent with an average rate of deforestation of natural forests is 27,000 hectare per year. Most of this damage was concentrated in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. A Swiss-funded non-governmental organisation, Inter-Cooperation, has reported alarming figures that in KP province alone, more than 107,000 hectare of natural forests were removed during years 1996-2008. While the WWF has assessed that in Malakand Division in Swat and Shangla districts forests on 10,000 hectare have been cleared from 2001-2009. Report further suggests, total area of the forest in the country is 5.0 per cent that consists of natural forest and it covers (3.440 million hectare), trees on farmlands (0.781 million hectare), others (0.171 million hectare). Out of total 3.440 million hector of natural forests in the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK cover 1.49 million hectare, 0.43 million hectare, 0.27 million hectare, 0.60 million hectare, 0.32 million hectare and 0.33 million hectare, respectively. However, during the last three years, deforestation monitoring was not conducted at national level and the Ministry of Environment said it was a natural practice to conduct national forest assessment after 5-10 years. Meanwhile, Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, ex-federal minister for Environment said that the Ministry of Environment had made record policies in last three years and a comprehensive roadmap had been developed to save the Pakistan from hazardous impacts of global warming and climate change.