Pakistan is privileged to be hosting the World Environment Day this year which not only brings global focus on to nature protection but also triggers the UN decade on “Ecosystem Restoration”.
Pakistan is a country which is treading the pathway of nature-based solutions in its efforts to heal the fractured relationship with nature. The flagship initiatives of planting “Ten Billion Trees”, expanding its terrestrial and marine protected areas and launching the “Recharge Pakistan” project to divert floodwaters towards reviving degraded wetlands are all practical on ground manifestations of the science of restoring ecosystems.
The world has no other option but to get off the current warpath with nature and use it as an ally to confront the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. The next decade is critical as the path we take now is going to shape and define the ecological sustainability of the next century.
Let’s all strive to make it the decade when the world got together to restore its ecosystems and reset its balance with nature.
Join the Government of Pakistan for the celebration of World Environment Day 2021 “it’s Time for Nature"
Under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government has aimed to plant 10 billion trees, in the largest-ever tree plantation drive in the history of the country. The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme (TBTTP) will revive Forest and Wildlife resources in Pakistan, it will improve the overall conservation of the existing Protected Areas; encourage eco-tourism, engage the deprived and local community, and above all, it will create jobs through the conservation.
TBTTP is key in preventing, halting, and reversing the degradation of the country’s ecosystems it is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan has been recognized as a global leader for protecting the environment and battling climate change and was honored to host World Environment Day 2021.
The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project is not only helping restore ailing ecosystems and improve natural capital; it is also supporting livelihoods. Pakistan has so far created employment opportunities for over 183,000 people since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, Pakistan’s protected areas initiative will create almost 7000 long-term jobs and aims to employ another 200,000 people to drive the afforestation effort. During the 1st Phase, the project has successfully planted/regenerated a total of **** plants throughout the country.
Through his nature conservation efforts, Prime minister Imran Khan has promised to plant 10 billion trees across the country and restore more than a million hectares of forest. The enormous project aims to increase resilience to climate impacts like extremes of rainfall while absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.
In the long run, this initiative would help transition towards environmentally resilient Pakistan by mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation through ecologically targeted initiatives covering afforestation, biodiversity conservation consistent with the objectives outlined in Pakistan’s Nationally Determined Contribution.