Government initiates first-ever study to asses Blue Carbon assets in Pakistan
An announcement to plant one billion mangrove trees were also made under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami program by the SAPM.
With assistance from the World Bank, the federal government of Pakistan has launched the first-ever study aimed to assess the Blue Carbon assets that the country’s sea and mangrove forests possess.
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam made this announcement on the media. He said that among other things, a blueprint has been planned through which the economic value of millions of tons of carbon inside the ocean and mangrove forests would be measured.
— Malik Amin Aslam (@aminattock) December 18, 2020
The Special Assistant further highlighted how the study would help with the identification of the scale of Pakistan’s waters’ carbon storage potential. He added that it would also help measure the whole ocean ecosystem’s carbon storage capacity and the number of carbons that are already stored in the waters and mangroves.
He said that his team believes that the country’s ocean waters have stored carbons that are estimated to be worth billions of dollars in economic value.
Malik also referred to how the study is part of the prime minister’s climate action, saying that the estimation report of blue carbon in the country will take up to three months to develop.
An announcement to plant one billion mangrove trees were also made under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami program by the SAPM. The plan expects to counteract the detrimental gas emissions by increasing the surface covered by mangroves in the country.
Prior to this, 2020 was termed as the ‘year of the blue economy’ by the premier, while it was pointed out that the use of the water resources of the country would be fruitful in that it would create employment opportunities, increase tourism and bring investment into the country, as well as renewable energy.
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