Pakistan to host World Environment Day today

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The day will be celebrated across the world through various events and activities. File photo
  • Pakistan today hosts World Environment Day.
  • This year the theme is “Ecosystem Restoration” and focuses on resetting our relationship with nature.
  • Pakistan will focus on environmental issues and present the country’s own initiatives and its role in global efforts.

ISLAMABAD: In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, Pakistan is organizing World Environment Day on Saturday (today).

The day will be celebrated across the world through various events and activities, in line with the latest coronavirus regulations. This year the theme is “Ecosystem Restoration” and focuses on resetting our relationship with nature.

Pakistan, in recognition of its leading role in implementing promising ecosystem restoration initiatives, has hosted World Environment Day where it will showcase its success stories in nature conservation .

The main event in Pakistan will be held on June 5 at the Jinnah Convention Center in Islamabad, where the official activities will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan and broadcast live across the world through official and social portals.

The Prime Minister would formally announce the achievements of the first billion tree target under the flagship Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation (TBTTP) project, meeting the recent Bonn Challenge commitment, the successful restoration of 0.3 million hectares of forest cover in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the first commitment of the Bonn Challenge, 15 national parks as well as a marine protected area established under the Protected Areas Initiative, and finally the Green Finance Initiative presented by Pakistan at global forums for the Ecosystem Restoration Fund, Amin Aslam, SAPM on Climate Change said at a press conference.

Read more: Pakistan set to host World Environment Day 2021 on June 5

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

This day will also mark the official launch of the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

The UN Decade aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems to combat the climate crisis, prevent the loss of a million species and improve food security, water supply and livelihoods.

Major corporations, non-governmental organizations, communities, governments and celebrities around the world embrace World Environment Day to champion environmental causes.

Held annually since 1974, the day has also become a key platform to promote progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Program objective

In a statement on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the aim of this program was to increase tree cover, protect wildlife – which is declining due to lack of habitat, increase mangroves.

He said the government was also working to restore wetlands by using flood waters and replenishing the water table.

The Prime Minister said that as the whole process has also contributed to the creation of green jobs, the government has created 80,000 jobs for women and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

At a time when people have found themselves unemployed due to the lockdown situation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has enabled them, especially women and young people in remote areas, to generate income by developing nurseries, he added.

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