Sunday, June 2, 2013

Juiper Forest of Ziarat, Pakistan declared as World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO

The Juniper forest of Ziarat in the Balochistan province of Pakistan are more than 5000 years old and are second oldest in the world after the Junipers of California USA.

Now thier presence has been rewarded by International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), which has declared  Balochistan’s Juniper Forest as the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

The decision has been hailed and welcomed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has welcomed the announcement at MAB meet in Paris the recently. IUCN said that it will help nature conservationists to highlight the importance of these peerless forests at international level.

It may be added that Juniper Forest in Ziarat is the largest contiguous natural Juniper forest in Pakistan, spanning over 247,000 acres. This is only the second Biosphere Reserve in Pakistan with the first one being the Lal Sohanara National Park in Bhawalpur District. Lal Sohanara is one of the largest National Parks in South East Asia, spread over 153,000 acres, it is notable for the diversity of its landscape with desert area, forests and water.

Presently, the Juniper forests of Balochistan are on the verge of a catastrophic extinction for different reasons. These forests are infected by parasite and massive level cutting of these trees by timber mafia.

According to experts, these forests are irreplaceable. Foresters say that Juniper tree grows only one millimeter in one year (inch in five years), and in thousands years they become fully grown trees. Due to its slowest growing, Juniper is also known as “living fossils”.

via Daily Times
Read more at: Pakistanpaedia
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