109m trees plan­ta­tion tar­get set for on­go­ing mon­soon sea­son

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—A tar­get of plant­ing 109 mil­lion trees through­out the coun­try has been set for the on­go­ing four-month mon­soon sea­son, which has kicked off from mid of July.

“A tar­get of 109 mil-lion trees in­cludes as many as 14.2 mil­lion trees that would be planted un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s five-year Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme dur­ing the mon-soon sea­son will also be launched,” said Deputy Di­rec­tor Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of Cli­mate Change Min­istry Mo­ham­mad Saleem.

He said Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change, Zahid Hamid, has ap­proved the tar­get af­ter hold­ing of a meet­ing with pro­vin­cial for­est de­part­ments, fed­eral min­istries, Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity, Pak­istan Or­di­nance Fac­tory, and Heavy In­dus­try Tex­ila.

Giv­ing break-up of the spring tree plan­ta­tion tar­get, he said, as per tar­gets set by the pro­vin­cial and fed-eral gov­ern­ments as well as de­part­ments, 13 mil­lion tree would be planted dur­ing the on­go­ing mon­soon sea­son by Pun­jab for­est depart­ment through­out the prov­ince.

Dur­ing the sea­son, Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa will plant 75 mil­lion trees, Sindh 12 mil­lion trees, Balu-chis­tan 0.7 mil­lion trees, Azad Jammu and Kash­mir three mil­lion trees, FATA 4.1 mil­lion trees, Mi­nis-try of De­fence one mil­lion trees, Heavy In­dus­try Tex­ila 1,000 trees, Pak­istan Or­di­nance Fac­tory 7,000 trees and IUCN 200,000 trees.

He said on Jan­uary 29, 2016, a na­tion-wide tar-get of 153 mil­lion trees plan­ta­tion for this year’s spring sea­son was set of which, around 208 mil­lion trees had been planted across the coun­try and sur-vi­val of the trees planted dur­ing the sea­son more than 70 per­cent.

To a ques­tion he said, “The Green Pak­istan Pro­gramme has been launched as a na­tional cause and as a part of the present gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­tect the coun­try and its peo­ple from devastating im­pacts of cli­mate change-in­duced dis­as­ters, par­tic­u­larly floods, which have shown rise in in­ten­sity and fre­quency over re­cent years,”. He said that forests are ef­fec­tive way to boost the coun­try’s cli­mate change re­silience against neg­a­tive fall­outs of the cli­mate change.

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