How Ten Billion Trees Initiative Will Change Pakistan’s Environment?
Pakistan is considered as one of the world’s dangerous countries in the world that is grappling with terror attacks, climatic changes, religious extremism, poverty, and crumbling public services. For the past few years, the climatic conditions of Pakistan are becoming worse day by day. It’s an alarming stage for Pakistan due to which climatic changes such as heat stroke initiates.
Fortunately, the new government of Pakistan is aiming to tackle the problem that is being faced by Pakistani citizens by planting 10 billion trees within a time span of five years. It is essential to plant trees as much as you can in order to fight the effects of global warming by restoring the country’s depleted forests.
According to the reports Pakistan has only as little as 2.2 per cent of total forest covered in Pakistan and it should be considered as an alarming stage as experts have warned that Pakistan could run out of forests in next 50 to 60 years if deforestation continues at current rates.
Along with this Pakistan is a country that has gotten affected by the climatic change that means reforestation is critical to mitigating the impacts of global warming. PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) is the first party that took initiative and made a bold step on the green platform.
By planting more trees we can have more fresh oxygen to breathe as plants will release more oxygen into the atmosphere. Also, trees are beneficial in every way even it can protect Pakistan’s fast-eroding landscape that certainly helps in reducing floods from melting glaciers in its mountainous north.
Pakistan stands on the seventh position in terms of the most vulnerable country to climate change. Imran Khan’s party after got elected for the prime ministership has noted the impact of rising temperatures, unpredictable rainfalls, major flooding, and prolonged droughts.
All these causes are enough to create extra efforts in terms of money as it costs the country around $6 billion to $14 billion in relief and economic recovery. Therefore we can conclude that the initiative for tree building plantation in Pakistan can lead the country towards betterment in many ways.
As a matter of fact, only emphasizing on political and economic issues would not enough but environmental degradation is also a matter on which government should focus that will benefit the country in long run in every way possible.
Earlier from the year 2014 to 2017 Imran Khan started his Billion Tree reforestation project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province in which around 865,000 acres of trees per cent.
Pakistan is country that also holds Guinness World Record for the country that has planted most trees in a matter of just 24 hours that was being set by the Sindh Forest Department in Thatta in the year 2013 where a team of around 300 volunteers planted 847,275 trees.
Malik Amin Aslam the man who has become Pakistan’s Environment Minister emphasized on Ten Billion Tree plantation Tree Tsunami program factor and promised to plant trees nationwide including four provinces of Pakistan.
The goal of this campaign is to restore forested that have been destroyed by climate change. Therefore, in order to make sure that the development occurs within the country should incorporate climatic compatibility because the infrastructure of Pakistan is resilient to climate shocks that are going to be our first priority. PTI will definitely focus on the pledges they took such as water conservation initiatives, supporting clean energy, and green building codes.
What Pakistan Will Gain?:
The favourable climatic change will definitely help the country in the long run by providing various advantages such as it also promotes increased use of domestic coal reserves from Thar province in order to reduce reliance on imports.
10 Billion Tree Project Pakistan will help the country by providing the following benefits:
- Water Filtration and Retention
- Energy Conservation
- Wildlife Habitat
- Environmental Benefits
- Economic Benefits