Islamabad: The Ministry of Climate Change on Wednesday (November 24) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NGOs and the private sector to restore the degraded forest land in the country, news sources reported.
The PKR 600 million projects will restore 50,000 acres of forest land with the help of the private sector and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The MoU for the tree plantation and carbon offset was signed between the government and the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF-P) and the Engro Foundation.
On the occasion, Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin said that the collaboration will help increase sustainable development and will improve climate resilience, food security, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, fighting hunger, malnutrition and disease. It was also informed that the government and private sector collaboration will also bring jobs and will reduce environmental degradation-related problems. The agreement has preceded the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 that concluded on November 11 in Glasgow, Scotland. Pakistan also pledged changes in the environmental protection regime in Pakistan that will slow down the adverse effect of climate-related problems in Pakistan as well.