The government has set an objective of planting 100 million trees till 2021 under Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Program.
So significantly more than two million trees have been planted in with help of provincial forest departments, official of Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) said. Forests could back off floodwater streams by 72 hours, and likewise critical to alleviating climate change impacts, especially surges, he said. Presently, he included, forest on 27,000 hectares slashed every year in Pakistan. There is a chance that this speed of deforestation proceeds with the seriousness of impacts of climate change has floods, heat waves, dust storms, urban flooding, land erosion and landslides and, health problems.
Currently, 4 to 5% of area of Pakistan or 3.2 to 4 million hectares were under forest. Pakistan being the seventh most affected among the 135 nations in the world considering climate change calamities from 1996-2015, as indicated by the German Watch Index, an authority of service of climate change said. Between 1996-2015, Pakistan endured 133 unique catastrophes in light of environmental change, as indicated by the German Watch Index, he said. Pakistan has endured monetary harms of around $25-27 billion because of environmental change-related catastrophes between 2010-2016, many them surges, ocean interruption, substantial downpours/torrents. Harms jumped out at open foundation, farming, water system, health, and instruction offices.
As indicated by Climate Change Ministry reports, he included, Pakistan required Rs 700 to 1400 billion every year to manage environmental change impacts, especially in the horticulture, vitality, transport, foundation, water system, wellbeing, and instruction divisions. Pakistan government was burning through 2.1 for each penny of its Gross Development Product yearly on environmental change-related ventures, he expressed. The Ministry of Climate Change has set up units in all areas, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA locales to set up techniques for decreasing misfortunes because of ecological changes.
He clarified that territories have rolled out atmosphere improvement hazard decrease designs in water, vitality, horticulture, water system and wellbeing areas to make these segments atmosphere safe.