The ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ is transforming northwestern Pakistan

June 27, 2018 by  
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Once arid hillsides have now become wide swaths of lush green woodland in northwestern Pakistan , where hundreds of millions of trees from 42 different species have been planted as part of the provincial government’s “Billion Tree Tsunami” program. “Before, it was completely burnt land. Now, they have green gold in their hands,” forest manager Pervaiz Manan told AFP . The reforestation effort aims to control erosion, combat climate change , reduce flooding, increase the chances of precipitation and provide economic opportunities for locals. “Now our hills are useful, our fields became useful,” local driver Ajbir Shah said . “It is a huge benefit for us.” Much of the land being replanted was decimated between 2006 and 2009, when the Pakistani Taliban controlled much of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where the project is now underway. In addition to the more than 300 million trees planted in the region under the provincial government, 150 million trees were given to private landowners to plant, while 730 million already-planted trees have been protected to allow for regrowth. The mind-blowing number of trees , over a billion, has been confirmed by independent observers. “We are 100 percent confident that the figure about the billion trees is correct,” World Wildlife Fund Pakistan manager Kamran Hussain said. “Everything is online. Everyone has access to this information.” Related: Pakistan just broke the world record for the hottest April day ever The Billion Tree Tsunami comes at a time when Pakistan’s forest stock has shrunk to a perilous low; only 5.2 percent of the country is covered in forests, well below the 12 percent recommended by the United Nations . Started in 2014, the Billion Tree Tsunami program still needs to implement some safeguard systems, such as fire protection, before its expected completion in 2020. In 2017, the federal government of Pakistan began its own project to plant 100 million trees by 2022. While some are skeptical of the project’s long-term success, with infrastructure historically taking precedent over environmental concerns, the Billion Tree Tsunami offers hope. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ruling party leader Imran Khan said, “Every child in Pakistan should be aware of the environmental issue which, until now, has been a non-issue.” Via Phys.org and AFP Image via Haroon (HBK)

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Small Woodland Nursery in Germany has a light-filled atrium at its heart

March 14, 2016 by  
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Show off your green thumb with this sprouted chia vest

March 13, 2016 by  
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We’ve all seen chia pets — the ceramic sculptures covered in sprouted chia seeds to create a fluffy green “coat.” But what kind of fashion statement could you make if you embedded chia seeds in clothing? One designer has created just the thing. READ MORE >

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Lundberg Design Custom Built This Striking Breur Cabin Using Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects in California

July 18, 2014 by  
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The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey

July 18, 2014 by  
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San Francisco-based Lundberg Design transformed one of their old projects, Heaven’s Dog, into one of the city’s most visited restaurants – The Coachman. The design team added around 600 square feet of space to the existing bar and enlarged it into a spacious restaurant with a great selection of cocktails. Hit the jump for more details about this striking renovation. Read the rest of The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Heaven’s Dog San Francisco , honeycomb walls , Lundberg Architects , lundberg design , Olle Lundberg , retrofitted restaurant , San Francisco architects , san francisco architecture , sustainable renovation , The Coachman retrofit , The Coachman San Francisco , walls made of honey

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Fragile Skeletons: Dynamic Animal Sculptures Made from Salvaged Driftwood

July 18, 2014 by  
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Artist Giovanni Longo created “Fragile Skeletons,” a series of skeletal sculptures made from wood reclaimed from the beach. Fascinated by the weathered character of driftwood, Longo used his found branches and sticks to precisely recreate the skeletons of various animals down to the individual notches on the spine. The marks and scratches in the wood are left exposed, which give a sense of vulnerability to his dynamic artwork. “The wood is a sincere material that does not deny its own past and its own history,” says Longo. + Giovanni Longo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Young Photographer Builds a Mossy Woodland Hut for Watching Rare Albino Squirrel

January 22, 2013 by  
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Artist Calvin Nicholls Creates Life-like Animals Sculptures from Paper

April 12, 2012 by  
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How can I reuse or recycle abandoned shopping trolleys/carts?

April 9, 2010 by  
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My boyfriend John came up with an idea yesterday.

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How can I recycle giant paper dog food sacks?

March 24, 2010 by  
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Our new furry food-processing unit is settling in well – she’s curled up in a ball on our office sofa at the moment – and we’ve been enjoying the woodland walks with her now that she can go off lead and tire herself out. As with the cats, I’m trying to keep the waste produced by her food packaging to a minimum – and also, like with the cats’, it can mostly be recycled – cans, cardboard boxes and the giant paper sacks which are the focus of this post.

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