250m tree saplings to be planted in spring season: Amin
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said afforestation activities have been prioritised by the present government, because forests have been recognised as the most effective, cheapest way to tackle fallouts of the global warming-caused climate change on the country’s critical socioeconomic sectors, particularly agriculture, water, energy and health.
“The important services forests provide are often ignored or underestimated by many of us as long as we wake up to the unprecedented importance of the forests in dealing with deleterious fallouts of climate change,” he said while talking to media in connection with the preparations and targets for the spring season tree plantation.
Malik Amin Aslam told media that a target of around 250 million tree saplings has been fixed for the spring 2020 season under the 10 BTTP afforestation programme, conceived to re-invigorate the country’s ailing forestry sector.
These tree saplings would be planted across the country, most of them in not only new vacant areas but also in the degraded forest areas, he added.
Besides wiping out pollutants from the environment, the forests offer various key services for survival of socioeconomic lives, sustained provision of livelihoods of the people and the planet earth’s sustainability, Amin Aslam highlighted.
“Trees, in fact, help protect soil from degradation and regulate water on farms, mitigate floods, regulate weather and enrich biodiversity. Besides, crops grown in agroforestry systems are often more resilient to drought, excess rain and erratic weather patterns,” the prime minister’s advisor explained the benefits.
Spelling out the spring season tree plantation targets set by provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and other governmental oranisations, Inspector General Forests of the Ministry of Climate Change, Muhammad Sulyman Khan Warraich said a whopping target of 100 million tree sapling plantation has been set by the Punjab provincial government, 83 million tree plants by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 23 million by Azad Jammu and Kashmir region, 20 million by Sindh province, 12 million by Gilgit-Baltistan region, one million by Ministry of Defence, 0.6 million by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 0.5 million by Capital Development Authority, 200,000 by National Highways Authority, 100,000 each by the Heavy Industrial Taxila and Pakistan Ordnance Factory and remaining plants by the non-governmental oraganisations. – APP