British government lauds Pakistan’s ten billion trees project

The UK Environment Minister, Lord Goldsmith, termed the afforestation drive as an outstanding achievement, which the world can learn from and follow

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The British government has praised Pakistan’s efforts in successfully starting and implementing the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project to tackle climate change.

The initiative includes tree plantation and regeneration while supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal on proactively working to prevent forest land degradation.

In 2014, the KP government launched the Billion Tree Afforestation Project, which WWF-Pakistan monitored, and successfully achieved the billion tree plantation target.

In 2019, about 1.6 million native tree species were planted in various cities of Pakistan by the WWF, highlighting the importance of a green Pakistan. Moreover, nearly 1.002 million native plants were planted with the Provincial Forest Department’s involvement, academic institutions, and civil society in 2020.

Apart from these, other efforts by WWF include the agroforestry assessment that was carried out in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh.

Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, Lord Aamer Sarfraz, acknowledged the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project’s successful implementation during a recent session the House of Lords held on the 25th of January 2021.

The UK Environment Minister, Lord Goldsmith, termed the afforestation drive as an outstanding achievement, which the world can learn from and follow.

Lord Goldsmith further added, “Pakistan’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project is one of the most ambitious tree planting initiatives in the world and is a successful precedent for others to follow. I enthusiastically commend and celebrate Pakistan’s Ten Billion Tree Tsunami initiative and jobs that have been created due to the project. It goes to show what is possible and what can be achieved.”

The WWF appreciates that the success of the Billion Tree Afforestation Project was highlighted in the British parliament. The initiative is an inspiring example for other countries to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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