While wandering on the roads of your city, have you ever wondered what kind of world we are developing for our future generations? Consider Lahore as a case, the city once known as the City of Gardens, is now classified as one of the most polluted cities in the world by the AQI Index. The green spaces are on a rapid decline and the city is being transformed into a pile of concrete. In the last decade, there has been an almost 80% reduction in forests just in Lahore. Lahore is not an exception; the whole country is facing massive deforestation and resultant air pollution. For comparison, a few years ago, Japan had been facing a similar situation due to surging industrialization and the destruction of greenspaces and forests. To combat such a plague, a Japanese botanist Miyawaki developed a forestation technique for urban centers, known as the Miyawaki forest technique.
In Miyawaki’s technique, forests have thirty times more trees than other plantations and are perfect for cities, where land is scarce. The method involves planting two to four trees per square meter. Miyawaki forests grow in two to three years and are self-sustaining. They not only help lower the temperatures in concrete-heated cities, but also reduce air and noise pollution, attract local birds and insects, and create carbon sinks to reduce carbon footprint. To replicate in Pakistan what Japan adopted, the government of Pakistan initiated a campaign for Miyawaki urban forests in 2021.
To uphold its legacy of being an advocate of Green Pakistan and sustainable development, Zaitoon has also developed the Miyawaki forest in New Lahore City. Aside from already donating 5000 plants to the Lahore Ring Road Authority by Zaitoon under the Green Pakistan initiative, Zaitoon has also incorporated an initiative of an Urban Forest with 4500 trees within their Residential Housing Scheme to promote a safer future for the Earth. The allocated area for this project is five Kanal where different local plants have been planted.
If you want to experience an eco-friendly, green, and sustainable lifestyle, which used to be the signature of Lahore, do visit us at New Lahore City, Zaitoon City, and Zaitoon Lifestyle; where almost 55% of the land has been allocated to lifestyle amenities for green spaces like gardens, parks, and urban forests, etc.