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More than 1.5 million young trees will be planted in 18 major cities on Sunday

More than 1.5 million young trees will be planted in 18 major cities on Sunday

The Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has established 190 points throughout the country for the distribution of free seedlings to rejuvenate the public by participating in the megaeje of tree plantations that will begin on Sunday.

“The ministry, in collaboration with the Forestry Department and private sector organizations, including major oil and mobile phone companies, is going to plant more than 1.5 million young trees of indigenous species in 18 major cities tomorrow in relation to the ‘Plant Day for Pakistan’ “, MoCC spokesman Saleem Sheikh told APP on Saturday.

The spokesman said the impetus was a start of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s election promise of a tsunami tree planting campaign to plant 10 billion saplings across the country over the next five years.

Saleem said tree plantations on such a large scale were needed in Pakistan to control the temperature increase, thus contributing to efforts to control global warming.

“Urban areas are our main focus and such activities will help lower the temperature of cities by two or three degrees Celsius,” he added.

He said that out of every 10 billion, about 100 million young trees have been planted so far.

He said that some 6,000 young trees from Chir, Sukhchain and Kachnar would be distributed free of charge in the Federal Capital.

“Two distribution points have been established in Sector F-10 near McDonalds and in Supermarket F-6 for that purpose,” he added.

The spokesman said that some 700,000 offshoots of Shisham, Kachnar, Kikar, Phulai and Chir will be distributed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; 500,000 seedlings of Timar, Neem, Kikar, Shisham, Siris, Sohanjana and Imli in Sindh; 150,000 shoots from Shisham, Kikar, Phulai, Siris, Amaltas, Kachnar, Simal, Neem and others will be distributed in Punjab, and 60,000 shoots of Chilgoza pine, Quetta pine, Bhan, Kikar and Frash in Balochistan.

About 50,000 seedlings would be distributed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan, he added.

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