Published Date: Jun 4, 2021
Ecosystem being restored through afforestation
A statement issued here said the event was organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), University of Peshawar, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Hazara University, Gomal University and University of Haripur in connection with the World Environment Day 2021.
It said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman on the occasion emphasised the importance of evaluation of economic factors of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme. He said it was important to harvest olive trees.
“We have planted 70 million olive plants as it is one of the most important plants. One olive plant can produce more than 150kg olive. The initiative will help us in reducing unemployment,” the governor said.
Provincial Minister for Environment, Forest and Wildlife Syed Mohammad Ishtiaq said that in the beginning of billion tree tsunami programme the province had no resources, but Prime Minister Imran Khan had the vision to work for environment.
SDPI BOG chairperson Shafqat Kakakhel said that managing forest resources was important as this was linked to the environment and communities.
He said that forests were important because they were connected to climate change. Forests have traditional and additional roles in serving humanity in terms of protecting it from global warming and climate change impacts. The rain forests have greater filters than the artificially planted trees in filtering carbon, he added.
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University VC Prof Razia Sultana and Prof Dr Mohammad Anwar also spoke on the occasion.