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Ethiopia breaks tree planting record after planting more than 350M trees in a day

Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, officials say, in what they believe is a world record.


Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is leading the project, which aims to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35% of the total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s.

Mr Abiy launched the tree-planting exercise as part of his Green Legacy Initiative, which is taking place in 1,000 sites across the country.

Some public offices have been shut down to allow civil servants to take part. Officials were assigned to count the seedlings being planted by volunteers, reports BBC‘s Kalkidan Yibeltal in the capital, Addis Ababa. Promotional videos have run on state media urging the public to plant and care for trees.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Innovation and Technology Getahun Mekuria tweeted that more than 350 million trees were planted in 12 hours. The aim is to plant a total of four billion indigenous trees.

The current World Record for planting trees in a single day is held by India, which used 800,000 volunteers to plant more than 50 million trees in 2016.

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