Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the Miyawaki urban forest at Jilani Park, Lahore, an attempt to reduce the hazardous effect of smog in the city and pollution.

During the inauguration the premier said that the smog every year in Lahore was a hazardous threat to public health and quality of life and the government would now seek to reverse the environmental neglect that Lahore had faced during its urban development.

He inaugurated the forest during his visit to the city on Friday where he inaugurated the Spring Plantation 2021 that would ultimately target the plantation of 51 sites of Miyawaki urban forests in Lahore.

Pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, it is a unique technique that helps build native forests 10 times faster and 30 times denser.

Under the technique, around dozens of native species are planted in the same area, in close vicinity, which ensures that the plants receive sunlight only from the top, and grow upwards than sideways. The forest is self-perpetuating and maintenance-free.

Upon his arrival, Imran Khan was briefed on the progress of the development of 51 urban forest sites in the provincial capital, being built to overcome air pollution and protect the environment.

“The forest cover of Lahore has been reduced by 70 per cent in the last 12-13 years, due to which Lahore now faced the issue of smog particularly during the month of February. If this kind of consistent smog remains, it reduces the [average] lifespan by 6-11 years.”

He also termed the smog as “silent killer”, saying that the people ignored the existence of smog since the damage it causes can’t be seen immediately.

Source: reforestAction

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