Bil­lion tree tsunami help­ful to beat global en­vi­ron­men­tal tar­gets

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan’s ’10 Bil­lion Tree Tsunami’ has put Pak­istan in the spot­light for cli­mate change ac­tivists, ge­ol­o­gists and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists in the world which claim that it would be help­ful for the coun­try to beat global en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges.

Talk­ing to APP, Dr. Fa­tima An­war a se­nior pro­fes­sor and re­searcher on Cli­mate Change on Fri­day said, “Pak­istan was far be­hind on its Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­men­tal goals (SDG) achieve­ment but af­ter PM Im­ran Khan’s Bil­lion tree ini­tia­tive, it will com­plete and sur­pass five SDG’s way be­fore 2025”.

“Pak­istan is mov­ing up the En­vi­ron­men­tal Rep­re­sen­ta­tion In­dex (EPI) 2017 of the U.S. Universities of Columbia and Yale, it is re­mark­able to see Pak­istan of all coun­tries ad­vanc­ing in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion through such poli­cies.” she said.

“Through such a plan­ta­tion drive we will en­sure Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment for many gen­er­a­tions to come and will over­come dras­tic cli­mate changes” she added.

She be­lieved that the pro­ject if fully im­ple­mented in time will hold great eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits for the coun­try and the 0.5mil­lion jobs es­ti­mat- ed will be easily gen­er­ated. Agreen Pak­istan would be a healthy and wealthy Pak­istan, she added.

Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan launched a coun­try­wide drive to plant 10 bil­lion trees across the coun­try within five years.

“This is cru­cial for the gen­er­a­tions to come. This is the fight for life and death,” he claimed.

This pol­icy has gath­ered a lot of at­ten­tion not only from within the coun­try but also from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Pak­istan is set to im­ple­ment such pol­icy not only to pre­vent dras­tic ef­fects of cli­mate change and global warm­ing but also given a strong ex­am­ple for the world to take such pre­cau­tions to com­bat global warm­ing, she in­formed.

She said it has be­come a great ex­am­ple for the world as an un­der de­vel­oped coun­try is set to ac­cede the Bonn chal­lenge way be­fore the deadline, also be­ing able to im­ple­ment the Paris agree­ment has made Pak­istan to be an emerg­ing Eco-friendly na­tion.

“This af­foresta­tion cam­paign will not only im­prove over­all en­vi­ron­ment, cli­mate change and de­for­esta­tion but it will also cre­ate eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the econ­omy as it will cre­ate jobs and would be ben­e­fit­ing the up­com­ing gen­er­a­tions of the coun­try”, she main­tained.

Ear­lier, Ad­vi­sor to PM on Cli­mate Change Ma­lik Amin As­lam said ‘the gov­ern­ment would adopt the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa model to en­sure the suc­cess of coun­try’s largest ever plan­ta­tion drive. He said around 200 plan­ta­tion dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters had been set up to pro­vide saplings to the peo­ple free of charge’.

IS­LAM­ABAD: Work­ers of Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA) are dig­ging the soil for plan­ta­tion of plants along Ex­press High­way for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the city.

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