Pakistan Is Giving Tree-Planting Jobs to Workers Unemployed Due to COVID-19
The work is part of an ambitious project in Pakistan to plant 10 billion new trees.
by, Brandon Wiggins
Pakistan is helping daily workers who have been laid off as a result of COVID-19 by giving them jobs planting trees, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF).
The initiative is part of Pakistan’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Programme, an ambitious forest restoration project, and provides a template for the type of “green recovery” that countries can embark upon in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to coronavirus, all the cities have shut down and there is no work. Most of us daily wagers couldn’t earn a living,” a construction worker named Abdul Rahman told TRF.
While Rahman’s wages of 500 rupees ($3) per day are around half of what he could have made “on a good day” as a construction worker, he said it was enough to get by.
“All of us now have a way of earning daily wages again to feed our families,” he told TRF.
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