Pakistan has been the target of consecutive decades of deforestation and periods of severe drought. Aware of this problem, the country decided to implement somewhat ambitious measures: to plant ten billion trees. Through this initiative they intend to bring green back to Pakistani landscapes. Another objective is to slow the pace at which climate change is happening.
The project was very popular with the younger generations. Despite the ambitious target of 10 billion trees, they supported and celebrated the country's reforestation project. Known as “Tsunami”, the initiative has already been put into practice and has gained special importance. Especially during this period when many lost their source of income due to COVID-19.
The Pakistani government has put these unemployed people back on the job by employing them through the country's replanting project. In this job people will receive about 3 euros a day. An amount equivalent to half the daily income of civil construction employees.
Apparently this is a negligible amount, however the media outlet Al Jazeera guarantees that "this amount of money at the end of the day can make a difference in many families that are experiencing difficulties".
Government invests in human resources
Forecasts put forward by the Pakistani state indicate that about 64,000 new jobs will be created. Imran Niazi, Pakistani Prime Minister defends that this way he will be able "to intensify the reforestation of the country and to guarantee minimum incomes to the citizens".
A curious fact about the “Tsunami” initiative is that they were created mainly in rural areas. In addition, most vacancies are for unemployed women and youth. Perhaps it is possible to prevent these citizens from migrating to urban centers, currently in quarantine.
In the Pakistani city Punjab, headed by Shahid Awan, 30 million native species have already been planted. However, Awan aims to plant a total of 50 million trees in his municipality by the end of the year.
Best way to control carbon levels
One of the best ways to reduce the levels of carbon emissions is through planting trees, at least that is what a study carried out by the publication Science claims. He goes even further and says that “large-scale tree planting can be a powerful tool in controlling climate change”.
By planting 10 billion trees, Pakistan is contributing to the planet's recovery. But at the same time, it is developing important social benefits at a time when there are so many uncertainties.
Pakistan's reforestation will allow unemployed citizens to earn income again to meet their daily expenses. It will also serve to protect people to the extent that they will be able to “flee” from cities where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greatest. It will also improve the quality of life for Pakistanis as the 10 billion trees will be responsible for purifying the air these people breathe.
During plantations, all employees will be required to wear a mask and comply with rules such as the safety distance. These were the guarantees given by the Pakistani government.