Pakistan is hiring people who have been made unemployed due to coronavirus and putting them to work planting trees as part of its major national reforestation project.  The country’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme was announced back in 2018 by the then incoming president Imran Khan, and involves planting the trees over a five-year period to help tackle global warming and reverse decades of deforestation.

It follows the success of a regional project to plant 1 billion trees in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which between 2013 and 2017 saw the restoration of 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.  The activity also resulted in the formation of local tree nurseries, helping to create nearly 500,000 jobs in remote mountain areas.

Pakistan is one of the countries most affected by global warming.  Record temperatures have caused glaciers in the north to melt and form glacier lakes, which could cause devastation to mountain communities if they burst.  Meanwhile, in April 2018, the southern city of Nawabshah reached a record-breaking 50.2C.

There were around 19 million layoffs due to Covid-19 in Pakistan in early 2020, and government officials believe they can recruit 63,600 people to help with the ongoing reforestation programme, which was restarted following a short break during social distancing measures.

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Pakistan is hiring people who have been made unemployed due to coronavirus and putting them to work planting trees as part of its major national reforestation project.  The country’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme was announced back in 2018 by the then incoming president Imran Khan, and involves planting the trees over a five-year period to help tackle global warming and reverse decades of deforestation.

It follows the success of a regional project to plant 1 billion trees in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which between 2013 and 2017 saw the restoration of 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.  The activity also resulted in the formation of local tree nurseries, helping to create nearly 500,000 jobs in remote mountain areas.

Pakistan is one of the countries most affected by global warming.  Record temperatures have caused glaciers in the north to melt and form glacier lakes, which could cause devastation to mountain communities if they burst.  Meanwhile, in April 2018, the southern city of Nawabshah reached a record-breaking 50.2C.

There were around 19 million layoffs due to Covid-19 in Pakistan in early 2020, and government officials believe they can recruit 63,600 people to help with the ongoing reforestation programme, which was restarted following a short break during social distancing measures.

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