Islamabad (11th Dec, 2019): Korean Ambassador, Kwak Sung-Kyu has stated that Korea will assist Pakistan in its drive to increase the country’s forest area.
According to reports of Baaghi TV, the Korean diplomat has stated that Korea will assist Pakistan in its Green Pakistan campaign to increase the country’s forest area as well as improving the bilateral ties between the two states.
While addressing the public at the official launch of the Forest on Tuesday, Ambassador Kwak Sung-Kyu stated that planting trees has been an important national campaign for the Korean people as they observe the tree planting day on the 5th of April annually. He added that Korea will contribute to Pakistan’s 10 Billion Tree Program, initiated by the government of Pakistan, back in 2018.
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The Korean Embassy in collaboration with Pakistan’s government, inaugurated the Korea-Pakistan Friendship Forest on Tuesday. This joint nature project for a greener Pakistan will focus on planting 7,00 plants across different parts of Pakistan. Moreover, Ambassador Kwak stated that as a result of their sustained efforts over the last five decades, the Korean government have managed great success in the reforestation of their country. He added, that these efforts are a source of pride for their people. He expressed hope that Pakistan can successfully go green if they continue with their efforts.
The collaborative project of the Korea-Pakistan Friendship Forest, was reportedly co-financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Korean Business Community and K-Water, the Korea South-East Power (KOEN) as well as others including:
- Lotte E & C
- Daelim Industrial
- Pakistan Global Institute
Moreover, members of the KOICA Alumni Association Pakistan (KAAP) also participated in the tree planting event. As confirmed by sources, the Korean Embassy hopes to upscale the friendship forest over the next few years in partnership with stakeholders including the Korean business community in Pakistan.
According to sources of Baaghi TV, the local forest officer has expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Korean Embassy and other aid agencies who have supported the green Pakistan initiative.
Stay tuned to Baaghi TV for more updates.