Earth Day Celebration and Tree Planting Ceremony Commemorated at Green Pakistan Programme Office

**Press Release**

**Earth Day Celebration and Tree Planting Ceremony Commemorated at Green Pakistan Programme Office**

Islamabad, April 25th, 2024 - In honor of Earth Day, the Green Pakistan Programme Office hosted a special tree planting ceremony, graced by Madam Rumina Khurshid Alam, Coordinator to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Climate Change at the programme Office situated at Garden Avenue Shakarparian. Senior officers from the Ministry of Climate Change & Environmental Coordination also participated.  

During the ceremony, Madam Romina Khurshid Alam planted a symbolic tree, marking the Earth Day celebrations and underscoring the programme's commitment to land restoration and environmental conservation. She lauded the programme's efforts in reviving forestry and wildlife resources across the country.  Impressed by the project's dedication and contribution to the overall biodiversity conservation, Madam Romina Khurshid Alam stressed on showcasing such impactful work to garner engagement and donorship from national and international agencies.

She further highlighted the need to strategize the programme with a specific focus on Protected Areas and Wildlife conservation linking it to Climate economy through market-based livelihood creation for local communities.

In response, the National Programme Director highlighted the programme's achievement stating that the programme has been able to ensure plantation of 2.2 billion, created approximately 1.2 million green jobs (man months) both for rural men women and has helped notified 103 Protected Areas in provinces/federal territories including 6 National Parks to be processed for Green Listing; a high value international standard of IUCN. The revised phase of the programme submitted to Planning Commission has also a strong focus on Carbon facilitation mechanism (establishment of carbon endowment, creating inhouse capacities for designing carbon projects and facilitating provinces/territories), scientific management of forest resources, national/international exchanges for cross fertilization and increased knowledge management including media and awareness outreach.

In her concluding remarks, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam highlighted the need for engaging young graduates as interns, use of digital media, exchanges with countries having identical initiatives/environment and provision of equal access to information at all levels. Being the flagship initiative of Pakistan, Upscaling Green Pakistan Programme remains steadfast in its commitment to environmental sustainability. The government has a strong commitment to continue the current as well as its other parallel initiatives targeting environmental sustainability and reducing the impact of Climate Change at large, she added.