Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated Asia’s biggest Miyawaki forest in Lahore on Monday.
The forest is part of the Billion Tree Tsunami project under which the PM has promised to plant 10 billion trees in different parts of Pakistan.
During the visit, the PM met Punjab CM, IG, ministers and various delegations at the Governor House. He congratulated the Punjab government for its efforts behind this project.
"The Lahore we grew up was full of gardens and its atmosphere and air quality used to be clean but now it’s the most polluted city in Pakistan," said the premier during the inauguration ceremony.
"The Miyawaki Forest is just a start and I'm really happy that we have done this."
PM Imran dedicated the project to Mr Akira Miyawaki — the mind behind the Miyawaki technique, which originated in Japan — who passed away recently.
"According to a report published today, some damages that humankind has done to the earth can't be ever reversed," he said.
"Now our responsibility is to try our best from saving the world from further depletion."
PM Imran said that he was proud that Pakistan has gone out of the way to make a contribution to limit the impact of global warming. "This forest will help absorb carbon emissions."
"In Pakistan's 70-year history, only 64 crore trees were planted by the government. From 2013 to 2018, we've grown a billion trees and now we are targeting to grow 10 billion trees," he said.
"If you care about your children’s future, you should plant at least one tree and also take care of it."
Deforestation is rapidly increasing in Pakistan. To solve the problem, the country has adopted the Miyawaki technique, which originated in Japan, to make forests grow faster. This means that the forests that took 30 years will now grow in 10 years.