Afforestation Project in Pakistan

Our afforestation initiative began its journey on October 25, 2022. Since that starting point, we have made significant progress.

PROJECT GOALS

This project showcases various green actions in the country

PACT Capital AG conducts a green field afforestation project in four areas of Pakistan. The project will be implemented in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) & Punjab, which are the most prominent northern geographic areas of Pakistan. The afforestation project will initially cover an area of 5,000 hectares of land with a scalability option for extension up to 20,000 hectares. The region is characterized by a wealth of natural resources, high mountains, alpine climate and a variety of weather conditions affecting local communities.

PROJECT BENEFITS & SDGS

The Project Will Serve to:

Reduce the effects of desertification and deforestation.

Promote ecosystem health and provide grazing lands for livestock.

Assist in the CO2 absorption from the air and improve air quality.

Create job opportunities for the members of the local community.

Supply forest products.

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Project Challenge

Challenge

There are only a few carbon projects in Pakistan, the country is therefore under-represented in carbon markets. This project showcases green interventions in the country. AJK & GB land parcels were never planted due to scarcity of resources, access issues due to the land terrain as well as broken water channels. In addition to planting on virgin lands (AJK, GB), the project also focuses on reforestation (South Punjab, KPK). The region is characterized by a wealth of natural resources, mountain climate and a variety of sometimes unfavourable weather conditions affecting local communities.

Project Actions

Actions Taken

The afforestation project initially covers an area of 5,000 hectares of land with a scalability option for extension up to 20,000 hectares. The project aims to plant a total of ~14 million indigenous trees of which ~4.2 million have already been planted. These Multi-Purpose trees will include native species such as Populus Nigera, Populus Hybrid, Populus Deltoides & Acacia (Keeker).

Project Results

Results

Since the project’s starting point, we have made considerable advancements. As of April 30, 2023, the progress of our project was as follows:

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), we have successfully cultivated 1,200,000 trees, covering an area of 405 hectares.

In Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), we’ve planted 600,000 trees across 202 hectares.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), we’ve seen remarkable progress with 2,400,000 trees spread across 810 hectares.

Fatima Khushnud

PROJECT LEAD

Fatima Khushnud

Fatima has over 20 years of work experience in the renewable energy and sustainability field with select roles as Vice President of Business Development at Engro and CEO of Independent Power Producers Association in Pakistan. She has a deep understanding of energy and carbon markets having been involved in the lifecycle of large industrial projects and processes. Having been exposed to both private and public roles, Fatima brings a unique sectoral exposure necessary to navigate on the environmental commodities market.