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PM urges nation to make 10bn tree target a success


The Frontier Post

July 17, 2020


ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said a green Pakistan guaranteed a prosperous future for coming generations and urged upon the nation to join hands in achieving the target of 10 billion trees to fight climate change and environmental pollution.

Speaking here at the launch of the monsoon plantation drive 2020 near Kahuta, the Prime Minister said to address the growing pollution levels and national environmental degradation it was vital that concerted efforts were made to plant trees extensively across the country.

Khan regretted that the forest cover in Pakistan had rapidly depleted over the years. He pointed that the number of trees in the country at the time of its partition from the Indian sub-continent had decreased to an alarming level.

Imran Khan mentioned the alarming levels of pollution in Lahore and said the lack of trees was a serious threat to human health and said it would be addressed by his government on priority.

In this regard, Imran Khan mentioned the recent declaration of nine new national parks in the country and said, the country had 30 such reserved areas since it gained independence in 1947.

He said the number of such exclusive zones, where the plants and trees could grow and wild life flourish, would be further enhanced in the days to come. He said his government had launched an ambitious project to plant 10 billion trees across the country.

He said in the past two years, his government had planted 30 million trees, while new nurseries were working at top speed to increase this number to one billion by June next year. “I am sure our government will be able to meet this ambitious target of one billion trees in its five-year term,” Khan said.

He said Pakistan was blessed to have 12 diverse ecological zones and it was a national obligation to preserve and protect the natural systems and its flora and fauna. “A Green Pakistan is my dream,” Imran Khan said as a large number of school children and their teachers, who were sitting all along the hillside cheered.

“It is my appeal to you to plant a tree, but it is all the more important to protect this seedling so that it grows into a healthy tree, and it has to be saved from not only wild animals, but also the mafia that deals in timber,” PM said.

He said 300 wardens had been appointed for the protection of trees in this area alone and said this number would be raised to 3000 in the days to come. The Prime Minister said every school would allocate two hours every week to create awareness amongst the children about the importance of clean and green Pakistan.

He said it was part of the faith of every Muslim to ensure cleanliness, but regretted that the situation was not so encouraging as compared to the West. He said it was vital that the nation worked in unison to make the country clean and green.

Imran Khan recalled his recent directive to the Chief Secretaries of all the provinces to redesign or create master-plans of their cities so that these do not encroach upon agricultural lands and threaten the national food security.

Erlier the Prime Minister launched the drive by planting a sapling. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul and Advisor Malik Amin Aslam were also present.
 

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Punjab has set a target of planting 37 Million Plants in this season for which 363 nurseries and 244 Distribution points have been established in all 36 Districts.
 

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Over the years people have started to use wood , in restaurant bon fire / cooking BBQ
This has left a negative impact on existing trees

Great to see massive tree drive to change landscape
 

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great initiative. green trees all over Pakistan with hungry people sitting beneath trees. i hope someday he will do something for country as well.
 

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great initiative. green trees all over Pakistan with hungry people sitting beneath trees. i hope someday he will do something for country as well.
Honey production has increased. Soo people are directly benefitting from increased greenery. Many more benefits to communities in terms of soil and water conservation.

https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/pakistans-tree-planting-push-has-a-sweetener-more-honey.674885/

Generally, its sad that people in this world view trees as useless. They give oxygen, that should be a reason enough to protect them.

Separately. I use Ecosia browser, the revenue it makes goes to planting trees. I must have planted atleast 50 saplings.


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ecosia.android
 

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While this is a much needed effort however there are more important things to do. PM needs to get his priorities straight. Indian sponsored terrorist attacks have increased resulting in loss of life of our men and PM is urging nation on making tree target a success? where as he should be asking the nation to be prepared for war.
 

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