According to press reports, as many as 280,000 trees have been planted in the Cold Desert, also known as Katpana Desert or Biama Napko, as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Clean & Green project.
The tree-planting campaign is part of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami, which aims to reduce pollution-related environmental harm and replace barren places into green places. Officials from the 10 billion tsunami tree Program (TBTTP) have hailed the tree-planting campaign as a success storey of leadership and vision ahead of Pakistan’s hosting of World Environment Day.
The ‘Katpana Desert’ is a high-altitude freezing desert in Gilgit Baltistan’s scenic mountain ranges near Skardu. Temperatures in October range from 8 to 26 degrees Celsius, but in the winter, they drop below -10 degrees Celsius.