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10 Billion Tree Tsunami: Pakistan’s Quest To Protect The Environment

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Climate change is a real threat to the whole world. The world is facing a challenge to keep a balance between the advancement and protection of nature to save planet earth.

This challenge has become more difficult for developing countries because of their fight against poverty, economic development, and challenge to keep the environment safe.

Inger Anderson, head of the UN environment program, emphasized again the need to take care of nature by understanding the message it has sent through the recent pandemic.

Pakistan is currently on the fifth spot of most vulnerable countries to climate change according to the Global Climate Risk Index.

Pakistan’s minister for climate change has pointed out the Wolrd Bank report in which six Pakistani districts are at risk of becoming inhabitable by 2050 if correct actions are not taken.

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10 billion Tree Tsunami – An initiative towards the Right Direction.

Forests in Pakistan cover only 5 percent of its area. While international environmental bodies recommend at least 12 percent area should be forest cover in any country.

Considering the importance of trees in the planet earth ecosystem and to increase forest cover in Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan launched a massive tree plantation campaign back in 2018. Plant for Pakistan project aims to plant 10 billion trees across the country till 2023.

To kick off 10 billion tree tsunami Pakistan has planted 1.5 million saplings in one day. World Economic Forum has shared it in the following video.

10 billion trees – A look at the execution of the project till now.

Plantation of 10 billion trees in five years is only possible if there are continuous efforts and emphasis on its importance and need. The government has left no stone unturned to make this project a success from releasing funds to launching public awareness campaigns.

Here is a complete report by the local media group to track all the efforts made to achieve goals through this initiative.

Time and again since the kickoff, the Government of Pakistan launched public campaigns to plant trees at a massive level. On August 9, 2020, Prime minister of Pakistan launched the campaign to plant 3.5million trees in a single day across the country. He inaugurated the campaign by planting a tree in Federal Capital.

Ministry of climate change has released the number of saplings planted and seedlings grown in one year from 2019 to 2020.

Glimpses of the areas where Saplings are planted before.

Malik Amin Aslam, Federal minister for climate change has recently shared the video of one location where saplings were planted in 2019.

Here is a look at another area in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan after the two years of tree plantation.

World Economic Forum and the World Bank acknowledge the effort.

World Economic Forum has acknowledged the effort of Pakistan in its quest to protect the environment in this video.

This blog, part of the series that discusses world bank report, Pakistan@100: Shaping the future, mentioned plant4pak as an excellent step to protect the environment.

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