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Climate: (Over two million trees planted under PM’s Green Pakistan Programme)

ISLAMABAD: More than two million indigenous trees have been planted throughout the country so far as a part of Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme (GPP), which was launched early this year by the Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

“Launched on February 9 at the Prime Minister’s office by the prime minister, the Green Pakistan Programme aims to reinvigorate country’s ailing forestry sector through large-scale tree plantation, protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats for revival of overall biodiversity,” the climate change ministry spokesperson Mohammad Saleem said in a statement issued here on Sunday.

He said the ambitious programme – hammered out by the forest wing of the Ministry of Climate Change in consultant with forest, biodiversity and environmental experts of national and global repute as well as all provincial and FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir administrative regions’ forest and wildlife departments – palpably reflects the prime minister’s vision of green Pakistan and serious interest in protection and conservation of forest and wildlife resources.

While giving break-up of the trees planted between February and May 2017 in all parts of the country, the spokesperson said that more than one million and 51 thousand trees have been planted in Punjab province, followed by 409,300 trees in Sindh, 202,000 trees in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 232,400 trees in Balochistan,

130,500 in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, 86,330 trees in Gilgit Baltistan and 87,000 trees in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

He said 9.58 million tree saplings are in different nurseries set up in various parts of the country under the Greep Programme.

He said a viable mechanism has been hammered out to ensure maximum survival of the tree samplings through utmost care. In this regard, local forest communities are also being engaged for their direct involvement in the tree plantation and their care.

Under the five-year ambitious Green Pakistan Programme, 100 million trees will be planted till 2021 at a cost of Rs 10 billion.

Fifty percent of the cost will be met by provincial governments, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and FATA regions while remainder will be extended on yearly basis by the federal government.

Highlighting the unprecedented importance of forests in dealing with various climate change induced threats, particularly floods, desertification, wind erosion, storm-rains and heavy winds, he said that forests remain a major workable solution to the negative fallouts of climate change on Pakistan’s socio-economic sectors and lives as well as livelihoods of the people, particularly agriculture and growing air pollution.

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