Gov to launch massive plantation drive this year: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that that his government would launch a massive plantation drive this year.

Addressing the 7th Asian Regional Conservative Forum of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Islamabad on Wednesday, PM Khan said Pakistan is a diverse country having  twelve ecological zones from desert to Himalayan forests.

The population growth and the lack of interest for protection of environment in the past left our wildlife and forests devastated, he said.

“Ours was the first government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take the first major step to deal with the climate change by launching the billion tree Tsunami project.”

He said the magic formula of the success of this initiative was that local people including women were involved besides action was taken action against the timber mafia.

Imran Khan said the federal government of PTI has now embarked upon an ambitious plan of planting ten billion trees.

“We will launch massive tree plantation drives across the country this year as the necessary planning and infrastructure including nurseries have been developed in the first year,” Khan said.

The Prime Minister also regretted the US’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord.

Speaking on the occasion, the IUCN President hailed the government for launching ten billion tree tsunami project.

He said he is also impressed with the forestation that took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the last five years.