The federal government wants to launch a 10 billion tree tsunami project. The project this time is planned to be across Pakistan. The project will add one percent to the overall forest area in Pakistan.
Funding of Rs. 125 billion is needed for the first phase of the forestation project. It will provide a green cover to almost 0.8 million hectares of land.
The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2017 survey revealed that just 5.7 percent of Pakistan’s land is covered by forest. As per the report, Pakistan lost 43,000 hectares of forest annually from 2000 to 2010. Among the Asian countries, this is the highest disforestation rate.
Interesting: Billion Tree Tsunami Project in KP
It is suggested in the proposal that the federal and the provincial governments equally share the cost of the project. But, Azad Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) would be excused of their share. The federation would bear the full value.
The proposal suggests that 4.5 billion saplings will be planted in Pakistan during the first phase. In the second phase, the remaining target of 5.5 billion would be met. It will be completed via a public-private partnership.
Related institutions need to approve the project, but, the Ministry of Climate Change has already forwarded the Project Concept 1 (PC-I) to the planning commission.