They call it green gold.

GOOD takes you to Pakistan where more than a billion trees have been planted to transform the country’s barren landscapes into forests.

It started in 2014 when the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa decided to plant a billion trees and restore 3,500 square kilometers of land.

Since 2015, a total of 16,000 laborers have been planting trees. They have planted 900,000 fast-growing eucalyptus trees and more than 42 tree species in total, exceeding the one billion tree target.

Total cost of the reforestation project is estimated at $169 million.

It may be very expensive but proponents say the value of the project goes beyond the money spent.

It is now a region clad with protection for future generations. A huge new habitat has been created for wildlife. The trees help protect against erosion and strengthen riverbanks. It has decreased the risk of floods and increased the chances of rain helping mitigate the effects of climate change.

Don’t you think it is also time for other countries to make green gold?

Pakistan is planting more than a billion trees

They're calling it "green gold."

Posted by GOOD on Saturday, 21 July 2018



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