Australia gifts Miyawaki forest to Pakistan

The Australian High Commission has gifted a Miyawaki forest to Islamabad’s Fatima Jinnah Park as part of an initiative organised by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to support Pakistan’s Miyawaki forest and the Spring Tree Plantation Campaign 2021.

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw joined Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Wednesday to inaugurate the Miyawaki forest at the park, said a press statement. At least 1,200 native trees and shrubs gifted by the Australian High Commission will be planted at Islamabad’s biggest park as part of the initiative.

Speaking at the tree plantation ceremony, Dr Geoffrey Shaw said, “This Miyawaki forest is a gift from the Australian government to the people of Pakistan. I hope that the trees and shrubs planted here today help regenerate not just the environment of Islamabad but contribute to making Pakistan cleaner and greener.”

“Green initiatives such as this are becoming ever more important in the face of the growing impacts of climate change affecting our region – something both Australia and Pakistan are keenly aware of and taking action on,” Dr Shaw said.

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In his address, CDA Director General Naveed Tareen said that Miyawaki is one of the techniques to develop forests quickly and Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken keen interest in its implementation. “We all are aware of the threat of global warming and how it’s already affecting our lives. Right and timely initiatives like this are much needed,” he added.

Australia is committed to combating climate change and is on track to beat our 2030 emissions reduction target under the Paris Agreement, having achieved 17 per cent reduction in emissions since 2005, the statement read.

The Australian government has committed $1.5 billion for global climate finance and over $15 billion domestically to make Australia’s natural resources, environment and water infrastructure more resilient to climate disasters.

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