Independent monitoring, transparency vital to 10 Billion Tree Programme – PM’s Adviser Malik Amin Aslam

Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change on Wednesday said that every possible effort would be taken at all costs to ensure independent monitoring of tree plantation-related activities of the Prime Minister’s 10 Billion Tsunami Programme (10 BTTP) being implemented across the country.

Talking to media after meeting with different internationally-recognised environmental conservation and protection organisations, Malik Amin Aslam stressed, “Independent monitoring of the country’s largest afforestation programme, which has been hailed globally and ensure transparency in all tree plantation and wildlife conservation-related activities is inevitable for success of the programme.”

Held here in climate change ministry, the meeting, chaired by the PM’s advisor on climate change, was attended by representatives of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN – Pakistan), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Pakistan) and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Malik Amin Aslam asked representatives of IUCN – Pakistan, WWF-Pakistan and FAO to hammer out a consortium of themselves independently monitoring the 10 BTTP.

These three internationally-recognised organiations have agreed to form consortium and also presented during the meeting a ‘proposed’ monitoring plan to the prime minister’s adviser for concurrence on the monitoring mechanism.

The adviser Malik Amin Aslam suggested that the monitoring plan should be shared with the provincial governments and their viewpoints, if any, be incorporated in it.

He also called for a need to specify roles and responsibilities of the three organisations that how the monitoring plan would work and who would do what

Amin Aslam also suggested involving the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO in monitoring process as a key stakeholder.

“The immediate task will be to conduct sessions of all field formation of forest departments from all provinces for standardizing of Data collection procedures,” he said.

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