More than 10,000 fruity trees and saplings have been planted by Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) on both sides of Ring Road Sialkot Interchange on Monday.
The plants of Gul-e-Nishtar, Orange, Guava, Shisham, and other types of plants were planted with the help of a non-governmental organization (NGO) under the monsoon plantation drive.
PHA Director General Umar Jhangir appreciated and thanked the social organizations to provide trees and saplings for the plantation.
He stated that combined efforts were required to cope with environmental challenges, and everyone should play a role in this regard and plant maximum saplings and trees on their premises.
Moreover, the DG said that the authority had initiated its monsoon plantation drive from Ring Road Sialkot Interchange under which plantation activities were being carried out at different places of the city as the current season was appropriate for plantation.
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He further said that welfare organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), educational institutions, and public and private offices participated enthusiastically in the plantation activities during the drive.
PHA and the Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD) in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Export Corporation launched the ‘Tree Plantation Drive for 2022’ at Jilani Park last month.
Underlining the significance of a collaborative approach in dealing with multi-pronged environmental issues, Secretary of Environmental Protection Department Punjab, Dr. Naeem Rauf remarked, “Pakistan is among the top 10 countries most impacted by climate change and its resultant environmental issues. To be able to find sustainable solutions, everyone from individuals to organizations needs to come together as no one can solely fix this. I appreciate the efforts of private sector companies who are giving back to the communities in which they do business.”
Meanwhile, Fahad Ashraf, Vice-President Coca-Cola Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “We aim to act in ways to create a more sustainable and better-shared future that makes a difference in people’s lives, communities, and our planet. Today’s tree plantation activity is part of that broader commitment.”