Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Spring Tree Plantation Campaign 2021 under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami initiative, and the first-ever Miyawaki Forest in Islamabad today.
After the successful inauguration of Miyawaki Forest, it would be replicated at 20 other sites in Islamabad.
At the occasion, the Prime Minister said that unfortunately, Pakistan is among the top ten countries which have been affected by climate change, according to Radio Pakistan. He added that plantation is essential for the next generations in Pakistan, and the role of youth is also very important for achieving the goal of the ten billion tree plantation campaign in the country.
Earlier this month, the premier had inaugurated an urban forest planted using the Japanese Miyawaki methods in Jilani Park, Lahore. The forest is meant to be self-sustaining and maintenance-free.
“I have launched urban forestry on the lines of Miyawaki technique in Japan where the trees grow 10 times faster and 30 times denser and is the best way to fight pollution,” he had said in a tweet. “50 sites have been chosen in Lahore. First experiment was in Liberty roundabout in 2020.”
Under the Miyawaki approach, multiple native species of plants are planted close to each other, in the same area, so plants receive sunlight only from the top, and grow upwards instead of sideways.