Islamabad: Mr. Hayaud Din, Secretary of the Federal Economic Affairs Division, and Mr. Sebastian Jacobi, National Director of KfW (German Development Bank), signed the grant agreement for the reforestation support project in one billion trees (BTASP) on Friday (December 17th), said a press release issued by the German Embassy in Islamabad.
Economic Affairs Minister Omar Ayub Khan and German Ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck attended the ceremony.
The German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has committed a grant of 13.5 million euros through KfW. The KP Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Department (FEWD) will be the implementing agency for the project, the press release said.
“With BTASP, we aim to create a truly lasting impact from the reforestation campaign. Over a six-year period, the BTASP will support the protection and sustainable management of forests in three KP regions, ”said German Ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck.
He said the project will complement Pakistan’s flagship 10 billion tree tsunami program (TBTTP), including effective management of restored forest landscapes.
“This will help improve public service delivery and build institutional capacity through measures such as a replicable country-level management information system for FEWD,” he added.
In addition to ecosystem restoration, BTASP will support the local economy, stimulate green growth and alleviate poverty in 100 villages in KP.
The BTASP will engage and mobilize communities as key stakeholders through the formulation of participatory forest development plans. It will also promote the economic empowerment of women and their participation in decision-making processes.
BTASP will develop and strengthen value chains, linking nurseries and community businesses to markets. This will provide sustainable income opportunities for people who depend on natural resources for their livelihood.
The BTASP will support Pakistan’s efforts to meet the Bonn challenge of restoring 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2030. The project is part of the German-Pakistani Climate and Energy Initiative, launched at COP26.
With the successful signing of the grant agreement for phase 1, the German government is ready to commit an additional € 20 million for phase II of the project, the press release said.
With this new phase, Germany will extend its support to the federal “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project” (TBTTAP) and in particular to its governance, sustainability and climate aspects.