The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa successfully planted one billion trees and restore nature to the barren lands under Billion Tree Tsunami Project.
They have surpassed the Bonn challenge to afforest across 348,400 hectares by the end of the year. According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the government has already restored 350,000 hectares of land before time. As a result, this very project gathered plenty of applause from all around the world.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) started the project in KPK in 2015. Imran Khan, PTI’s chairman, invested $150 million in the project. Initially the KPK government had invested $123 million in the project and is looking forward to continue the project till 2020 with further investment of $100 million.
KPK government accounted 40% of planned afforestation and 60% of protected natural regeneration to achieve the target.
The Bonn Challenge is a challenge of nature. The challenge is to restore 160 million hectares of barren land at the end of 2020 and 350 million by 2025. The first project to accomplish this target of Bonn Challenge is KPK’s Billion Tree Tsunami project.
Ensuring green growth along with the development of sustainable forestry is the project’s core vision.
“The Billion Tree Tsunami Project is driven by current Government’s vision of Green Growth which ties in the needs for sustainable forestry development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa generating Green jobs, Gender empowerment, preserving Pakistan’s natural capital while also addressing the global issue of Climate Change”
The government has also spread 1300 nurseries across the province. The whole world is appreciating the accomplishment of the project before time.
Global media that include BBC, VOA, and Al Jazeera etc have spread the word about Pakistan’s huge contribution to nature. Even World Economic Forum appreciated Pakistan’s effort to resolve the global climate changes.
— KPK Updates (@KPKUpdates) August 18, 2017
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) August 20, 2017
Director General of IUCN, Inger Anderson said:
“IUCN congratulates the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on reaching this momentous milestone. The Billion Tree Tsunami initiative is a true conservation success story, one that further demonstrates Pakistan’s leadership role in the international restoration effort and continued commitment to the Bonn Challenge”
— IUCN (@IUCN) August 18, 2017
WWF also passed their appreciation to Pakistan for restoration of nature.
Project’s motivation factor
In Asia, highest deforestation rate rests with Pakistan. Pakistan lies in the top 10 countries to be witnessing climate change as per Global Climate Risk Index 2017. This is what pushed the Billion Tree Tsunami project to go green and restore the lost natural beauty of Pakistan.
Such projects are now a necessity for Pakistan in order to restore forest and decrease climate change in the country and across the globe.