Islamabad: According to press reports, the Ministry of Climate Change signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NGOs and the corporate sector on Wednesday (November 24) to rehabilitate degraded forest area in the country.

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With the aid of the business sector and non-governmental organizations, the PKR 600 million initiatives would rehabilitate 50,000 acres of forest area. The government, the World-Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF-P), and the Engro Foundation struck an agreement for tree planting and carbon offset.

Malik Amin, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, said the collaboration would assist promote sustainable development by improving climate resilience, food security, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and combating hunger, malnutrition, and disease.

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It was also stated that partnership between the government and the corporate sector will create jobs and minimise environmental degradation-related issues. The agreement came before the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Glasgow, Scotland, which ended on November 11th. Pakistan has also promised to make reforms to its environmental protection framework, which will help to mitigate the negative effects of climate-related concerns in the country.

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