1 Billion New Trees Planted

3 12 2007

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Here’s some good news on climate change, for a change… an inspiring story of people all over the world pitching in to plant trees.

Prof. Wangari Maathai, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Prince Albert II of Monaco recently announced that a promise made last year for the UN climate convention meeting to plant a billion trees had been met.

The mass planting initiative was inspired by Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai, who won the prize for her Green Belt Movement, which planted 417 million trees to counter tree-loss and desertification in Africa.

“An initiative to catalyze the pledging and the planting of one billion trees has achieved and indeed surpassed its mark,” UNEP chief Achim Steiner said in a statement.

The final total of trees planted last year is still being counted, but Ethiopia and Mexico topped the list of countries, with a combined total of 700 and 217 million trees respectively. Others big numbers include: Turkey 150 million, Kenya 100 million, Cuba, 96.5 million, Rwanda 50 million, South Korea 43 million, Tunisia 21 million, Morocco 20 million, Myanmar 20 million and Brazil 16 million.

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