PM: (Govt to achieve target of planting ten billion trees by involving provinces: PM)
ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the PTI government will achieve the target of planting ten billion trees across the country during its term by involving all the provinces in the national cause. He was addressing a ceremony after inaugurating monsoon tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling here on Monday.
The Prime Minister expressed resolve to fight the climate change effects by planting trees across the country to protect environment for the future generations. He said the youth has a major role to play in making the tree plantation drive a success. He said every Pakistani should plant two saplings on August 18, taking part in the national drive.
He said the Forest Department, districts administrations, and other relevant departments will actively participate in tree plantation drive, which will continue for the next four years. The Prime Minister regretted that the climate of the country has turned warm due to massive cutting of trees, which can be reversed by planting trees particularly in the urban centers.
He said national parks will be developed across the country. He said Pakistan will become an example for the world in making the land green. He said PTI made Billion Tree Tsunami project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa a success, which was also recognized by world environment organizations; and now the nationwide drive will also be pursued effectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to mitigate climate change saying 6.5 percent forest cover has been increased in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after execution billion tree tsunami project.
He said seventy five percent land of Pakistan could turn into a desert if trees are not planted. He said in Ten Billion Tree Tsunami cost of per tree will be thirty cents while it is fifty cents in the world. He said the Ministry and Islamabad administration will plant two hundred thousand saplings on thirty different places today (Monday).