Staff Reporter Peshawar
Provincial Minister for Environment and Forests, Syed Ishtiaq Urmar here Sunday said Pakistan unprecedented efforts for restoration of ecosystem and combating of climate change and desertification has been Internationally recognised at Global Environment Day moot (GED) in Islamabad.
He said the national and international speakers have highly praised the ambitious billion trees afforstration project (BTAP) that was a great achievement for Pakistan especially for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, he told.
He said Pakistan has been emerged as a global leader by providing nature based solutions to all key environmental challenges of ecosystem, desertification, global warming and climatic changes.
The Minister said national and international delegates and experts were briefed about KP achievement especially successes achieved under BTAP model besides others Initiative for biodiversity and wildlife conservation that was highly praised at the historic summit.
Junaid Diyar, Project Director 10 BTAP told that the global summit was informed that a record plantation of 1.708 billion plants were achieved in KP during the last seven and half years including 1.208 billion plants planted in BTAP’s first phase (2014-17) and about 500 million between 2018 to June 2021 under 10 BTAP.
He said over 10 new forests including Ghari Chandan and Azakhel near Peshawar bigger than Changa Manga were raised.