Pakistan will host this year’s World Environment Day with a plan to plant 10 billion trees.
The project is being implemented across Pakistan by the Ministry of Climate Change along with Provincial and territorial Forest and Wildlife departments.
The objective is to revive Forest and Wildlife resources in Pakistan, to improve the overall conservation of the existing Protected Areas; encourage eco-tourism, community engagement and job creation through the conservation.
The ambitious project- which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – sets out to plant ten billion trees by 2023. Launched in 2019, the project has just reached a new milestone – planting of the billionth tree.
During the Global COVID-19 pandemic, the Forest and Wildlife Departments provided green jobs through green stimulus to 84,609 daily wagers under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme.
A total plantation target of 430 million was achieved and a total of 1 billion plantation target is set for 30th June,2021
“Large scale restoration initiatives such as The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project are central to Pakistan’s efforts to support the UN Decade and to increase ecosystem restoration. We are at a point in history where we need to act and Pakistan is leading on this important effort.”Dechen Tsering, UNEP’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
UNEP reports that Pakistan is particularly suspectable to increased variability of monsoons, receding Himalayan glaciers and extreme events including floods and droughts.
The knock-on effects of these will be an increase in food and water insecurity.
Therefore, this year’s World Environment Day will witness the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a ten-year global push to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation.