PM approves Rs2b for Green Pakistan Programme
ISLAMABAD—An amount of Rs2 billion has been earmarked for the Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme (GPP) as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the summary moved by the Climate Change Ministry.
“Prime Minister has approved the summary submitted by the Climate Change Ministry for approval of the grant for launching the forest and wildlife protection and conservation programme of national significance,” Deputy Inspector General Forest Munaf Qaimkhani told media briefing here on Tuesday. The amount has been approved for two new financial years (one billion each for 2016-17 and 201718), he further said.
Under the project around 105 million trees would be planted across the country as part of the fiveyear Green Pakistan Programme costing Rs 10 billion during next five years for its implementation.
GPP, which will be implemented between year 2016 and 2021, is the result of the prime minister’s directives in consultations with all relevant stakeholders. The programme would be launched formally with upcoming monsoon tree plantation campaign 2016 in July, he explained in response to a question. The Green Pakistan Programme (GPP) was been rolled out on the directives of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for revival of forestry and wildlife resources in the country.
“What is seriously needed to make the green programme a real success is the immediate requirement for provincial governments to allocate counterpart funds in their development programmes for FY 2016-17 to qualify for the 50 percent federal contribution under the green programme,” he emphasized.