WWF-Pakistan and K-Electric initiate tree plantation campaign for Greener Karachi
Karachi, As part of WWF-Pakistan’s Earth Hour City Challenge-2016, WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with K-Electric (KE) launched a ‘Tree Plantation Campaign’ with an aim to work towards Greener Karachi. During the launching ceremony of the event organized at WWF-Pakistan’s Wetland Centre, located at Sandspit, participants from both organizations planted 500 mangrove saplings. It was committed by WWF-Pakistan and K-Electric that the target of planting 20,000 trees in Karachi would be achieved by June 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Naqi Khan, DG WWF-Pakistan said that Pakistan has the highest annual deforestation rate in Asia and forests cover only 2.5 per cent of the total land. He further shared that there is an urgent need of initiating massive plantation drives in metropolitan cities like Karachi to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change. Recent heat wave in the city had caused more than one thousand human mortalities, which is very appalling. He also shared that though Pakistan is not contributing much to climate change but it ranks among the top ten most vulnerable countries; exposed to its adverse impacts. He emphasized on public-private partnership to promote the cause of environment in country. He further said that K-Electric is leading the way towards sustainable solutions to deal with this challenge.
K-Electric’s Chief Supply Chain Officer Iram Hassan said that this plantation initiative resonated with their climate change policy and would have a huge impact in bringing Karachi on the map of sustainable cities having a sustained green future. KE will soon hold an energy conference to support utilization of renewable energy. He also emphasized on creating awareness among people for conservation of energy in city. ‘We hope that Karachi emerges as a major participant in this Earth Hour City Challenge and KE as a responsible company will continue to provide utmost support to this green cause’, he added.
The lack of green belts and increased concrete cover which absorbs heat, has led to elevated temperature in Karachi. Furthermore, new developmental projects and housing colonies are threatening the existence of greenery/ plantation and their subsequent cutting will not only escalate Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) but increase temperature and vulnerability to extreme weather events.
Plantation campaign is in line with the agreement signed between power utility and WWF-Pakistan under the ‘City Challenge’ in the month of November last year which plans to increase green footprint of Karachi as part of its environmental responsibility. The power utility has kept its emphasis on renewable energy and is committed to lower carbon footprint through tree plantation and other such campaigns that would follow.
Zahra Mahdi, Deputy Director KE and Sania Rauf Khan, head of Corporate Partnerships and Fundraising Department WWF-Pakistan also spoke on the occasion.
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