Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) Deputy Chairman Brig Latif has initiated tree plantation on all ERRA reconstructed educational and health projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
The deputy chairman ERRA said Pakistan like all South Asian Region was extremely vulnerable to natural disasters following severe and unprecedented climatic change seen in the region in the form of floods, landslides and frequent earthquake jolts.
‘To act pre-emptively for preparedness and effective response to natural disasters caused by floods and earthquake, it not only needs to educate masses but also participate in drive to cultivate new plants’, said Deputy Chairman in a meeting here on Friday.
He also directed administration to make tree plantation mandatory in all reconstructed schools, colleges, universities and health facilities in earthquake affected areas.
The tree plantation drive has started from ERRA headquarters, Islamabad where new trees were planted.
It is significant to mention that focusing on risk reduction and mass awareness ERRA has started a campaign targeting educational institutions in earthquake affected areas encouraging students.—APP