Pakistan to host World Environment Day today
- Pakistan today hosts World Environment Day.
- This year the theme is “ecosystem restoration” and focuses on resetting our relationship with nature.
- Pakistan will highlight environmental issues and present the country’s initiatives and role in global efforts.
ISLAMABAD: In partnership with the United Nations Environment Program, Pakistan is hosting World Environment Day on Saturday (today).
The day will be celebrated across the world through various events and activities, in accordance with the latest coronavirus regulations. This year the theme is “ecosystem restoration” and focuses on resetting our relationship with nature.
Pakistan, in recognition of its leadership role in implementing promising ‘ecosystem restoration initiatives’, hosted World Environment Day where it will showcase its conservation success stories of nature.
The main event in Pakistan will take place on June 5 at the Jinnah Convention Center in Islamabad, where official activities will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan and streamed live across the world via official and social portals.
The Prime Minister will officially announce the achievements of the target of planting the first billion trees under the flagship project Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation (TBTTP), responding to the recent Bonn Challenge commitment, the successful restoration of 0.3 million hectares of forest cover in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the first Bonn Challenge commitment, 15 national parks as well as marine protected areas established under the Protected Areas Initiative, and finally the Green Funding Initiative introduced by Pakistan in the global forums for the Ecosystem Restoration Fund, Amin Aslam, SAPM on Climate Change said at a press conference.
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United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
The day will also mark the official launch of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
The United Nations Decade aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems to tackle the climate crisis, prevent the loss of a million species and improve food security, water supply and livelihoods.
Large corporations, non-governmental organizations, communities, governments and celebrities around the world are adopting World Environment Day to champion environmental causes.
Held annually since 1974, the day has also become an essential platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Objective of the program
In a statement on the occasion, the prime minister said the goal of this program was to increase forest cover, protect wildlife – decreasing due to lack of habitat, increasing mangroves.
He said the government was also working to restore wetlands by using flood waters and replenishing the water table.
The prime minister said that as the whole process has also contributed to the creation of green jobs, the government has created 80,000 jobs for women and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
At a time when people found themselves unemployed due to the lockdown situation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government enabled them, especially women and youth in remote areas, to generate income by developing nurseries, he added.