Clean, Green Pakistan an inspirational campaign, says Governor

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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s envisioned Clean and Green Pakistan campaign has been inspirational for many public and private sector organizations to take practical measures for achieving the target of alleviating pollution, in the air ground and water.

These views were expressed by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail in his remarks on Clean and Green Pakistan campaign, a spokesperson of the Sindh Governors House told media on Tuesday.

The governor noted that the urban forest project was launched at the Governor House in March, 2021 on the occasion of International Day of Forests.

He said that the work on the urban forest is underway which would be developed on an acre inside the Governor House using the famous Japanese Miyawaki technique.

Saplings of 1,260 different plant and trees species would be planted under the project conceived to further the 10 billion tsunami tree plantation programme of the federal government.

Ismail recalled the project would create a favorable environment in just three years time, and the forest would attract birds and insects of different species, including honeybees.

The Miyawaki method was capable of growing trees 10 times faster than any other regular technique of increasing the green cover, the Governor added.

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), and NED University of Engineering and Technology have also inked a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2021, for development of Miyawaki forest to increase beauty of Karachi, a spokesperson of KMC told APP.

He said that the MoU envisaged that the NED University would plant 300 Miyawaki forest and the KMC is taking all-out measures to make Karachi green.

Over 14,000 saplings have been planted by the KMC in various roads and parks during the tree plantation campaign carried out from February 15 to April 14, 2021, to make the environment of the city greener with the support of various organizations and civil society.

The KMC has performed plantation at the roads, arteries and parks included Shahrae Faisal, University Road, Korangi, Shahra-e-Pakistan, Rashid Minhas Road, Shahra-e-Qaedin, Jheel Park, Frere Hall, National Stadium, Bagh Ibn Qasim, Old Clifton, Polo Ground and Aziz Bhatti Park.

The trees included Amaltas, Bottle Brush, Cassia, Erethrena, Gul Mohar, Kachnar, Lignum, Red Poinciana tree, Sumbul, Tabebubia Yellow Flower and many others.

The U.S. Department of State has also installed four reference-grade air quality monitors in Pakistan to provide real-time outdoor air quality data to scientists and policymakers to address air quality issues.