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Forest tree felling completely banned in Kunar’s Shegal district

Forest tree felling completely banned in Kunar’s Shegal district

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24 Dec 2022 - 18:53
Forest tree felling completely banned in Kunar’s Shegal district
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24 Dec 2022 - 18:53

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Tribal elders have imposed a complete ban on cutting of forest trees in the Shegal district of eastern Kunar province under a tribal agreement reached yesterday.

Under the agreement, anyone found felling live trees would be fined 2000 afghanis per tree, said Haji Fazlur Rahim, an elder of the district.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday that they had long been preserving forests based on tribal agreements and they would allow no one to cut down forest trees in future.

He said tribal leaders yesterday decided to impose 2,000 afghanis fine on anyone found cutting a live tree.

“Based on this decision, no one can cut down forest trees, not even collect firewood from the natural forest,” he said.

Dr. Inayat Rahman, another tribal leader, said in the past illegal cutting of forest trees continued unchecked, which had a negative effect on the climate of the area.

He said forests could be preserved with tribal decisions and everyone should discharge his duty in this regard.

Kunar Agriculture and Livestock officials appreciated the decision of Shegal tribal elders to ban forest tree cutting and said people’s contribution in the protection of forests was important.

Najibullah, an official of the Agriculture and Livestock department, said they had started efforts to revive the cut down parts of forests in Kunar and prevent illegal cutting of trees with people’s cooperation.

He said they had established around 66 voluntary associations in forested areas to protect forests.

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