Boundary Delineation of State Forests - Murree Forest Division
As per the Punjab Forest Department, Murree Forest Division (MFD) comprises of 47,285 acres of forest land. Over the past years, land owners and other housing activities have encroached adjoining the forest land cumulatively about 12,148 kanals (1,519 acres). Considering alarming encroachment and deforestation, the Lahore High Court (LHC) took a suo moto notice on 27th of January, 2010 (Writ Petition No. 1813-2010).
WWF-Pakistan along with major stakeholders is providing Geographic Information System (GIS) support to the Court by providing maps of legal forest boundary extent and pillars. In this regard, an agreement for the mapping and monitoring of Murree Forests Division (MFD) has been signed between the Punjab Forest Department (PFD) and WWF-Pakistan. WWF-Pakistan, in consultation with Punjab Forest Department, Revenue Department and Survey of Pakistan, has already conducted a model study of selective forest sections of MFD. Maps developed under the study, highlighted immense land encroachment and forest degradation in Murree tehsil. Maps and results of the model study have been presented to the LHC for reference and decision-making.