Khyber Pakhtunkhwa forest cover has increased by 4% after Billion tree initiative by Launched in 2015 by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan the ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ aims to turn the tide on land degradation and loss in mountainous, formerly forested Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
From nurseries to full forest areas, the success of Billion Tree Tsunami has been unprecedented with public and private involvement which has given us the confidence to take the initiative of 10 Billion trees to be planted in the next five years.
The campaign simultaneously helped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fulfill its 348,400 hectare commitment to the Bonn Challenge – a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
Quite significantly, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa entered the Bonn Challenge as the first sub-national entity to give a forestry pledge and now has become the “first” entity, among 45 national and sub-national entities, to have honored its forestry commitment. This marks the first Bonn Challenge pledge to reach its restoration goal.
“IUCN congratulates Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on reaching this momentous milestone. The Billion Tree Tsunami initiative is a true conservation success story, one that further demonstrates Pakistan’s leadership role in the international restoration effort and continued commitment to the Bonn Challenge,” says Inger Anderson, Director General of IUCN.