To mark the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) was informed that Pakistan will host World Environment Day this year.
At the ceremony, environmental issues being faced by Pakistan and the initiatives taken to alleviate them will be highlighted.
The day will be celebrated across the world through various events and activities under Covid-19 SOPs.
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen said: “Pakistan has shown real leadership in efforts to restore the country’s forests; we are grateful for their commitment to host World Environment Day 2021 and lead the charge for all nations to restore our damaged ecosystems through the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.”
The theme for the day this year is ecosystem restoration, with a special focus on creating a good relationship with nature.
Making the announcement at the virtual fifth UN Environment Assembly, Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam joined Ms. Andersen and acknowledge the urgency of preventing, halting, and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.
The government plans to expand and restore the country’s forests through a ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami’ spread over five years.
The campaign includes restoring mangroves and forests, as well as planting trees in urban settings, including schools, colleges, public parks, and greenbelts.
Pakistan has also launched the Eco-System Restoration Fund for supporting nature-based solutions to climate change, facilitating the transition towards environmentally-resilient initiatives covering afforestation and biodiversity conservation, he said, adding 15 model protected areas are being developed across the country to conserve over 7,300 square kilometers of land which will create over 5,500 green jobs.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration intends to scale up restoration of degraded ecosystems in order to fight the climate crisis, prevent loss of a million species and enhance food security.