Islamabad: Pakistani President Arif Alvi said on Thursday that the government was working to increase the country’s forest cover to counter the adverse effects of climate change.
“Rising mercury levels are leading to melting glaciers and urban flooding in Pakistan,” Alvi said in his post at the launch of the nationwide monsoon tree planting campaign.
He said concerted efforts are needed to achieve extensive plantations in a bid to save the country from the appalling effects of climate change.
The president said a country needs 25% forest cover according to international standards, but Pakistan only has 4.8%.
Alvi said the vast plantation will not only help the country tackle climate change issues, but also preserve wildlife, flora and fauna.
In an effort to increase forest area, Pakistan under its 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Program had planted 1.81 billion trees by June 2022, and about 3.29 billion trees will be planted by 2023, the president said.
According to the Ministry of Climate Change, more than 300 million saplings will be planted under the ongoing nationwide monsoon tree planting campaign.