Gilgit: According to a recent piece of news, the climate change ministry is assisting the government of Gilgit-Baltistan in planting trees on 300 of its sites to capture carbon and stabilize soil in hazard-prone areas.

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According to the information, work on the four-year mega project, which was approved in October of last year, has now formally begun, and the federal and G-B governments are working together to select sites for planting 50 million trees.

To complete the project within the time frame, the Gilgit Baltistan government will contribute 4.2 million dollars and will receive a $537,000 grant from donor agencies.

The climate change ministry is also expanding its assistance to the GB government to help them install more efficient surveillance systems to prevent illegal tree cutting by the timber mafia in various parts of the northern region.

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Malik Amin Aslam, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, has stated that the northern areas of Pakistan are crucial in the fight against climate change’s negative effects.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to introduce a package for the local people who are currently using firewood to meet their energy requirements, adding “The government will provide them with alternative sources of energy to reduce the use of firewood in the region.”

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