Ethiopia plants 250 million trees a day to set new World Record
London, July 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)–Ethiopia on Monday sets a new world record for the number of trees planted in a day after planting over 249 million trees.
Though the record is yet to be certified by Guinness Word Record but the Monday record smashed the preceding record for most trees planting in a day.
Forest Monitor and EcoWatch shows that the world record has been held by the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, after 1.5million volunteers planted more than 66 million tree saplings in just12 hours along the Narmada River for years before.
Ethiopia has launched whopping tree planting campaign targeting 200 million saplings in a single day to surpass the world record.
The country has executed its commitment after planting 249,090,280 trees saplings earlier than 4:00 p.m, which significantly outshine the previous record of 66 million trees set by India in 2017.
The “Green legacy”, which is a national 4 billion trees planting project was officially initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on May 26, 2019.
Millions of people including ambassadors, expatriates, staff and representatives from the UN family, African Union residing in Addis Ababa and a delegation from neighboring Sudan joined Ethiopians all over the country in the campaign that started very early Monday morning.
Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary Vera Songwe lauded the tree planting efforts and said, “By greening the country, Ethiopia is leading the Continent in achieving SDG 15 to combat climate change, protect biodiversity and strengthen natural resources management. It is also doing so to increase overall productivity of both land oceans.” She urged more countries to follow Ethiopia’s example.
Ms. Songwe was joined by Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affair, Hirut Zemene, in planting trees in and outside the ECA compound before she proceeded to the Gulele Botanical Gardens where thousands turned up to plant saplings in support of the PM’s initiative.
Ethiopia ranks third in planting trees since 2006 of the Billion Tree Campaign, which was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in response to the challenges of global warming, as well as to a wider array of sustainability challenges from water supply to biodiversity loss.
So, the massive planting of trees saplings has a paramount significance beyond the economic magnitude, which would help to mitigate the impacts of climate change as Ethiopia is one the countries at risk of prevalent drought.