Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has launched its first on-campus Miyawaki forest project spanned over two acres of land, news sources reported on December 23.
It was reported that over 7,000 saplings have already been planted in the newly launched Miyawaki forest project, which covers two acres of land and aims to provide an environment-friendly atmosphere for the students, staff, and faculty at PU. The forest was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Asghar Zaidi who remarked that the project will help create an oxygen reservoir and will also be home to different species of birds.
The initiative echoes the world’s biggest Miyawaki forest in Islamabad, which was inaugurated earlier this year in October by CDA Chairman Captain (r) Muhammad Usman Younas and MD of Mari Petroleum Faheem Haider. The 17-acre forest was planted with 20,000 large-sized saplings and is continuously expanding.
The project is part of the Punjab government’s green initiative that aims to develop multiple urban forests in the city to reduce the effects of smog. It is important to note that Lahore is ranked among the worst cities in terms of air quality, with higher than normal PM2.5 levels. The government has also constituted special anti-smog teams to combat air pollution.