NASA has recently released some satellite images showing greenery in Pakistan. As per the shown images, the greenery has grown twice since the past few decades, which is good. This increase in greenery is being linked to the extensive agricultural activities in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab and also to the government’s target of planting a billion trees.
As per the report published by NASA, China and India are presently the global leaders in this regard and makes up for the 1/3rd of the greening.
The Boston University research team identified that the global green leaf area has surged by 5 percent since the early 2000s, an area that is equal to all the Amazon rainforests.
At least 25percent of that increase came in China. Overall 1/3rd of the vegetated lands of Earth are greening while 5 percent are turning browner. The study was published on the 11th of February 2019, in the journal of Nature Sustainability.
Arable land of Pakistan had also increased by nearly 600,000 hectares between 2015 and 2016. This was brought forward by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Pakistan.
As per the report by the FAO, the area has grown from 36,252,000 hectares to 36,844,000 hectares. But, in the same span, Pakistan has also experienced deforestation. The areas that were under the forests have decreased from 1,515,000 hectares in the year 2014 to 1,429,000 hectares in 2016.
Washington Post writes that the rise in the greenery in Pakistan is also because of the ambitious Billion Tree Tsunami drive which has caused many common Pakistanis to come forward and plant trees in their respected cities and localities.