Balochistan, Britain and Punjab lag behind in TBTTP – Latest News – The Nation
ISLAMABAD – Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab have fallen behind in the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program (TBTTP), planting only 1.13pc, 2.79pc and 9.76pc respectively of the plantation/ total regeneration of trees in the country.
The ten billion tree tsunami is expected to reach the 58% planting target by June 30 as 1.935 billion trees will be planted in the first three years of the project, official documents reveal.
The implementation of the TBTTP was launched in 2019 with a total cost of Rs 125.1843 billion over four years (2019-2023) to plant/regenerate 3.296 billion plants across the country. The program is implemented by the Provincial Forestry and Wildlife Departments through the MoCC on a 50% cost sharing basis, with the exception of AJK and GB which are 100% funded by the federal government through the PSDP. The program achieved 579.093 million plants in fiscal year 2022 from July to March and accumulated 1586.18 million plants through March 2022.
Out of the target of 3.296 billion plantings/regeneration of plants under the four-year TBTT program (2019-23), so far, 1.9 billion trees have been planted across Pakistan, reveal the documents.
Provincially and regionally, Baluchistan is at the bottom of the tree planting/regeneration campaign, where only 22 million (1.13pc) of the total 1.935 billion trees are likely to be planted by now. the end of current fiscal years.
Punjab is another province where only 189 million (9.76pc) of plants are likely to be planted by June 30.
Sindh tops the list with nearly 755.370 million (39pc) of planting/regeneration to be completed by June 30.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 692.170 million (35.76 pc) are expected to be planted by the end of FY 2021-22.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 222.564 million (11.50 pc) trees will be regenerated/planted by June 30.
Tsunami of ten billion trees expected to reach 58% planting target by June 30
In Gilgit-Baltistan, 54 million (2.79 pc) trees will be planted/regenerated by the end of the current fiscal year.
Regarding the protected area, the document reveals that the initiative was launched to improve the management and governance of 23 protected areas with a total estimated cost of 3.89 billion rupees. The initiative will preserve rare fauna/flora and promote ecotourism. The potential gain from this program will be reaped with 5,500 new green jobs. Nanga Parbat National Park and Himalayan National Park in Britain were inaugurated to achieve the objectives envisioned under this initiative. Additionally, Tilla Joggian Park and Salt Range National Park are ongoing in Punjab province, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has notified new protected areas to support the implementation of this initiative.
During the declaration of marine protected areas, the documents reveal that Astola Island was declared Pakistan’s first marine protected area. In this context, the consultative process continued on the management planning of Astola Island with the participation of all stakeholders. In addition, active consultation is underway with other ministries such as defence, maritime affairs and provincial governments to increase marine protected areas in the country.