109m trees plantation target set for ongoing monsoon season

Islamabad—A target of planting 109 million trees throughout the country has been set for the ongoing four-month monsoon season, which has kicked off from mid of July.
“A target of 109 mil-lion trees includes as many as 14.2 million trees that would be planted under the Prime Minister’s five-year Green Pakistan Programme during the mon-soon season will also be launched,” said Deputy Director Media and Communication of Climate Change Ministry Mohammad Saleem.
He said Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid, has approved the target after holding of a meeting with provincial forest departments, federal ministries, National Highway Authority, Pakistan Ordinance Factory, and Heavy Industry Texila.
Giving break-up of the spring tree plantation target, he said, as per targets set by the provincial and fed-eral governments as well as departments, 13 million tree would be planted during the ongoing monsoon season by Punjab forest department throughout the province.
During the season, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will plant 75 million trees, Sindh 12 million trees, Balu-chistan 0.7 million trees, Azad Jammu and Kashmir three million trees, FATA 4.1 million trees, Minis-try of Defence one million trees, Heavy Industry Texila 1,000 trees, Pakistan Ordinance Factory 7,000 trees and IUCN 200,000 trees.
He said on January 29, 2016, a nation-wide tar-get of 153 million trees plantation for this year’s spring season was set of which, around 208 million trees had been planted across the country and sur-vival of the trees planted during the season more than 70 percent.
To a question he said, “The Green Pakistan Pro-gramme has been launched as a national cause and as a part of the present government’s efforts to protect the country and its people from devastating impacts of climate change-induced disasters, par-ticularly floods, which have shown rise in intensity and frequency over recent years,”. He said that for-ests are effective way to boost the country’s climate change resilience against negative fallouts of the climate change.—APP

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