LAHORE - The officials of the South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC) met Majid Raza Bhutta, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday to explore avenues for promoting sustainable forestry investments.

The delegation of SPFC was represented by Tahir Rasheed, Chief Executive Officer (CEO); and Syed Naeem Abbas, Head Internal Audit.

Tahir Rasheed briefed the office bearers of SCCI about the investment opportunity SPFC offers and also to find ways to incorporate the views of SCCI representatives in the process, to make it inclusive, which can also be incorporated in the upcoming feasibility study.

According to Tahir Rasheed, ‘SPFC has been assigned a blank area of 134,995 acres that falls in DG Khan and Bahawalpur Civil Division across six districts, which includes Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and DG Khan.

The company aims to reforest the designated blank areas by promoting sustainable forestry investments to help reduce deforestation in Punjab and combining forest conservation with sustainable economic development.

The President of SCCI lauded the efforts of SPFC and initiative taken by Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Department. He said that it’s about time that the authorities and stakeholders take environment protection as their top priority considering the weather shifts due to global warming.

He assured full support and urged SPFC to brief the SCCI members the next month, so that the business community can be informed about the investment opportunity.