Youth Speaker entry #25: Adnan Arshad (Pakistan)

I am 27 year old working as Researcher: Agriculture and Forest Manager in an organization Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) since 2012.

My working area is completely rain-fed forest region dependent only on rainfall and community have small landholdings. In 2012-13 I have implemented project titled “Protect Endanger Forest Species and Promote Pressure Cooker” supported by WWF-Pakistan.

Population living in forest area are completely dependent on forests for wood fuel, make fire to cooking food. Due to high elevation the air pressure is very low which required maximum number of hours to prepare food with maximum wood/kg. Under that project focused group discussions has been done with forest living communities and mobilized people to stop cutting of engender Pinus roxburghii (chir pine) and Quercus incana (white oak) plants. Awareness campaigns were organized to aware the locals about importance of forest as universal food producer and consumers of CO2. More than 500 efficient pressure cookers were distributed among the community to promote efficient methods of cooking food with minimum fuel energy to save forest.

Another project I’ve implemented (June, 2014) titled “Moist Temperate Forest Rehabilitation and Reforestation with Community Participation” supported by District Forest Department. Targeted forest is highly vulnerable to climate change directly alter the frequency and intensity of Cedrus deodara (deodar), Picea smithiana (spruce) plants distribution, including wildlife and invasive species. Under the project capacity building trainings of forest community particularly women and youth on forest conservation with reforestation technologies.

Capacity building of women farmers

Capacity building of women farmers

People learned about micro-catchment, eyebrow and rectangular mulch plantation techniques to rehabilitate plants after rainfalls and floods.

The impact of the project showed significant effects on forest plants species conservation with revival of wildlife. The objective of project is to upgrading the forest management skills of locals into productive, and cooperative, enable them to make the optimal use of available natural resources with care.

Currently (March, 2015-16), I implementing innovative plantation project in province of Punjab titled “Promoting Plantation of Olive Potential Varieties to Ensure Food Security and Soil Sustainability” funded by International Green Foundation (IGF). Under the project I and my team planting 1500 olive plants/year on marginal, degraded hilly soil, convert it into cultivated forest to overcome the environmental changes.

Technical trainings about plantation, nursery raising and post harvesting are organizing to facilitate the dry land community. This project will empower locals to produce oil and value addition to improve their livelihoods skills.

During my field working I have introduce geographical information system (GIS), remote sensing for forest mapping and development of climatic adaptive forest models to control reducing emission from deforestation and degradation (REDD).

Daegu, South Korea “Be a Green Man” organization invited me in largest forest plantation campaign during World Water Forum-2015. I deliver lectures/sessions in colleges and motivate young students about forest and Climate, global warming, facilitate Korean youth in plantation, and early forest management. Organizers honored me with title of “Green Thumb Man”

During my stay in Forestry congress, I will share all my project success stories with lesion learned with challenges faced during project implementation. Community mobilization and sensitization about forest conservation, afforestation and reforestation frameworks. My sharing will be dependent on motivational sharing, skill development for youth, real case studies and strategies to involve youth in forest management.

Text, photo and video are submitted by Adnan Arshad (Pakistan) – adnan.poda(at)

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334 thoughts on “Youth Speaker entry #25: Adnan Arshad (Pakistan)

  1. we should have some effort for manufacturing environmental friendly things in every field of production, as i have participated in this effort by producing a new surfactant that is biologically degradable after its application to textile production sector.


  2. Its good work. Especially in Pakistan deforestation rate is very high, also no rule of law in this regard. People like you can contribute big in saving biodiversity and forests.


    • I welcome you and pleased to share with you we are up-scaling this effort with local Govt. and other stakeholders for batter implementation of the project. I need your expertise and skills to shape it in batter way, I looking forward to replicate you project titled with “Mitigation of climate change through installation of Newly Modified Matribhumi Improved Cooking Stove” here in Pakistan.


  3. A forest is a highly complex, constantly changing environment made up of a variety of living things (wildlife, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and microscopic soil organisms) and non-living things (water, nutrients, rocks, sunlight and air). Trees are the biggest part of this complex community,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


  4. Smaller areas of woodland in cities may be managed as urban forestry, sometimes within public parks. These are often created for human benefits; Attention Restoration Theory argues that spending time in nature reduces stress and improves health, while forest schools,,,,,,,,,,,


    • urban population and newly developed housing schemes directly initiated deforestation and degradation of productive and fertile soil in mainly rain-fed region of Pakistan.


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