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Billion Tree Tsunami

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This article is part of series Pakistan Times started to show the aggressive growth in KP during last 8 years in PTI Government.

The Billion Tree Tsunami project was launched in 2014, by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan, to face the challenge of Global Warming. The basic purpose of project was to improve ecosystem on larger scale and make degraded land into forests. This project was completed in 2017 ahead of schedule in close collaboration with concerned people and stakeholders to ensure their purposeful participation in making the project a success and bench mark for others. Pakistan’s Billion Tree Tsunami restores 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land to surpass its Bonn Challenge commitment.

Many segments have been addressed for sustainable forestry development, generation of green jobs, gender empowerment, preserving nature while also addressing the global issue of climate change. In Tree Sampling industry, hundred and thousands of Nurseries were formed amid achieving target of Billion Trees.

Women were made part of this planation drive. Around 200K people got green jobs in planting trees. In wake of success of Billion Tree Tsunami after assuming power in 2018 PTI Govt announced Ten Billions Trees across he Pakistan with various other green initiatives including Olive Tree Tsunami.

The environmental issues in Pakistan are multiplied by huge population, almost 24% population living under poverty line according to World Bank. Being the fifth most populous country in the world Pakistan put additional pressure on the environment and greater risk to impacts of climate change.

PM in his vision to make Pakistan greener he planted 1 Billionth tree at Haripur District in KP with help of local communities. This new drive to plant trees is in full swing mainly of hybrid nature of plants. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forest and Wildlife Departments provided green jobs through green stimulus to 84,609 daily wagers. A total plantation target of 430 million was achieved and a total of 1 billion plantation target is set for 30th June,2021. These jobs gave been appreciated currently because world is suffering from recession and gigantic decline in Human Resource industry, while Pakistan is playing vital role in making livelihood of its people better with every passing day.

This project is result of the promise PTI Government made with is people of providing a better quality of life to the citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular in Pakistan in general. It not only created decent and clean job opportunities for the youth and also provide a means for social uplift and poverty eradication in the province.

Billion Tree Tsunami Project is a feather in PTI government’s cap because it has revolutionized province as part of green growth vision including these cities D.I. Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Haripur, Agror Tanawal, Gallies, Siran, Kaghan, Hazra Tribal, Lower Kohistan, Upper Kohistan, Daur Watershed, Kohistan Watershed, Malakand, Buner, Lower Dir, SWat, Alpuri, Kalam, Chitral.

Green economies are based on forestation. Targets announced during launching ceremony of Green Growth Initiatives on February 9, 2014 at Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar including Increase area of forests by two percent through converting 30,000 ha additional land into forests annually, increase density (area of forests having canopy cover below 50%) of 7% degraded forests by closure against grazing and fire were achieved successfully.

This year also sees the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and projects such as the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami are key to preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. 


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Muhammad Naveed Afzal
Writer is a Communication Engineer by profession and an ardent PTI supporter.
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