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Video: Ethiopia’s 350 million tree challenge achieved

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The Ethiopian Government said that more than 350 million trees have been planted in a single day in what they believe is a world record.

The planting is part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ” green legacy” initiative to grow 4 billion trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least forty seedlings.

Public offices were shut down all over the country to enable them to partake in the planting which intends to tackle the effects of deforestation and help fight climate change in the drought-prone country.

According to the United Nations, Ethiopia’s forest cover declined from around 4% in the 2000s down to 15% half a century ago.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Innovation and Technology Dr Getahum Mekuria tweeted that estimates of the number of trees planted in twenty-four hours are 353 million, drastically beaten the previous record of fifty million held by India in 2016.

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