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Ethiopia plants 350 million plants in one day to combat climate change

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More than 350 million trees were planted in Ethiopia on Monday as part of afforestation efforts to restore the landscape in the African nation.

Ethiopians have planted more than 350 million trees in one day, in what officials stated will be a world record.

The ambitious initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed aims to help restore the country's landscape which experts say is fast being eroded by deforestation and climate change.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate announced more than 224 million trees were planted on Monday, surpassing the initial goal of 200 million trees planted in one day.

Ethiopia is in the midst of a tree-planting campaign in which it aims to plant 4 billion trees between May and October.

Agriculture officials stated that so far more than 2.6 billion trees have been planted in almost all parts of the East African nation.

According to Farm Africa, an organisation involved in forest management in Ethiopia, less than four per cent of the country's land is now forested, a sharp decline from around 30 per cent at the end of the 19th century.

Ethiopia's rapidly growing population and the need for more farmlands, unsustainable forest use, and climate change are often cited as the causes for rapid deforestation.

Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day.
Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day.
Office of Prime Minister of Ethiopia

In addition to ordinary Ethiopians, various international organisations and the business community have joined the tree planting spree which aims to overtake India's 66 million trees planting record set in 2017.

It is not yet clear if the Guinness World Records is monitoring Ethiopia's mass planting scheme but the prime minister's office told The Associated Press that specially developed software is helping with the count.

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