National Geography Pakistan
Published on Oct 9, 2017



The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had planted 115 million saplings so far and raised 300 million more saplings in 4285 private and 312 public sector nurseries for planting in the year 2017 under “Billion Tree Tsunami Project” (BTTP) at a cost of Rs 1576 million.

The number of tree plantation will reach to 250 million by March this year and an amount of Rs 9826 million had been approved under phase II of the project that was started in 2015 and will be completed in 2018 by planting one billion trees in the province. These facts were disclosed in a briefing about BTTP given to the Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak during their visit to the remote Makhniyal village of Haripur district.

They visited by the area to view the tree plantation being carried out by the KP Environment and wildlife department in collaboration with local communities. The Secretary Environment Syed Nazar Hussain Shah and representatives of the International Monitoring Organization, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), gave the briefing. Provincial ministers, Muhammad Arif, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani and Ishtiaq Urmar were present on the occasion. The PTI leader Yousaf Ayub, the Commissioner and DIG Hazara, Deputy Commissioner Haripur and others were also present on the occasion.

Presenting findings of the monitoring report the WWF officials disclosed that had scientifically monitored 50% of the implemented target of BTTP in 28 Forest and 10 watershed divisions where 82% survival rate of the newly planted sapling was found.

The WWF representatives appreciated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government’s, initiative for growing one billion trees and controlling deforestation and termed BTTP an ambitious, sincere and committed initiative for protecting ecological environment and also urged the need to replicate the project in the whole country.

The Consultant of the project, Amin Aslam Malik highlighted the significance of BTTP and told that due to this project KP government’s efforts for protecting environment by growing more forests was acknowledged by Global Foreign Forest Region while it also brought bright prospects for securing hydro carbon quota for the province.

On this occasion the PTI chairman Imran Khan and the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak viewed the pine tree plantation enclosure established at the far flung mountains of Makhniyal village and appreciated the endeavours of the Provincial Environment department as well as the local communities and other stakeholders for making the project a success.

They also met with son of a “Negeban” (volunteer forest guard) who was killed by the timber mafia who wanted to cut trees in the areas. The Chief Minister announced compensation for family of the Nageban. He also assured to grant special bonus to employees of the environment department for successful implementation of BTTP.

The Chairman PTI Imran Khan on this occasion lauded the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Advisor to CM for Environment Ishtiaq Urmar and the Environment department for achieving much more than the target set under Phase-I of the project. The PTI Chief and the Chief Minister also set free some eagles on this occasion which were confiscated by the Wildlife department during a smuggling attempt

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