It has been recently reported that the World Bank is sponsoring a $3.8 million forest protection program in Pakistan. An official of the Ministry of Climate Change told APP on Wednesday that the World Bank’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) $3.8 million program will help in boosting forest cover, and controlling deforestation in the country.
“We cannot protect the country from devastating impacts of global warming-induced climate change, as long as our forests continue getting chopped down,” the official said. “Forests are the best way to achieve enhanced climate resilience against fallouts of climate change impacts,” the official added.
Those who are not aware about the REDD+, it’s a UN-led program that aims to increase the ability of countries to reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions because of forest degradation and deforestation.
The official said that international studies have shown that land degradation and deforestation account for significant amount of overall global carbon emissions annually. “Most people assume that global warming is caused by burning oil, gas and coal. But in fact between 25% and 30% of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere each year- or approximately 1.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide – is caused by deforestation, mainly the cutting and burning of forests, every year,” the official said.
“Controlling deforestation in the country is not possible without increasing access to renewable and alternative energy sources particularly for cooking and heating in households,” the official noted.