This year’s World Environment Day has the motto “Reimagine. Create new. Restore ”and its focus is the restoration of the ecosystem.
- Pakistan is hosting World Environment Day today.
- This year the theme is “Ecosystem Restoration” and focuses on reorganizing our relationship with nature.
- Pakistan will highlight environmental issues and showcase the country’s own initiatives and role in the global effort.
ISLAMABAD: In partnership with the United Nations Environment Program, Pakistan is hosting World Environment Day on Saturday (today).
The day is celebrated around the world with various events and activities in line with the latest coronavirus regulations. This year the theme is “Restoring the Ecosystem” and focuses on reorganizing our relationship with nature.
In recognition of its leading role in implementing promising Ecosystem Restoration Initiatives, Pakistan hosted World Environment Day, where it will showcase its conservation success stories.
The main event in Pakistan will take place on June 5th at the Jinnah Convention Center in Islamabad, where the official activities of Prime Minister Imran Khan will open and will be broadcast live via official and social portals worldwide.
The Prime Minister would officially announce the achievement of the first one billion tree plantation target under the flagship Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation (TBTTP) project, fulfilling the Bonn Challenge’s most recent pledge to successfully restore 0.3 million hectares of forest in the province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as part of the Bonn Challenge’s First Promise, 15 National Parks along with Marine Protected Areas established as part of the Protected Areas Initiative, and finally the Green Financing Initiative launched by Pakistan at global forums for the Ecosystem Restoration Fund, said Amin Aslam, SAPM on Climate Change, at a press conference.
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
The day also marks the formal start of the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
The UN Decade is intended to massively promote the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems in order to combat the climate crisis, prevent the loss of a million species and improve food security, water supply and livelihoods.
Large corporations, non-governmental organizations, communities, governments and celebrities from around the world are saying goodbye to World Environment Day to advocate environmental issues.
Held annually since 1974, the day has also developed into an important platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Objective of the programme
In a statement on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the aim of this program was to increase tree cover, protect wildlife – shrink due to lack of habitat and increase mangroves.
He said the government was also working on restoring wetlands by using floods and replenishing the water table.
The Prime Minister said that during the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government created 80,000 jobs for women and youth as the whole process also contributed to the creation of green jobs.
At a time when people were becoming unemployed due to the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was enabling them, especially women and youth in remote areas, to earn incomes by building kindergartens, he added.