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Ethiopia leads the world in planting trees

NAIROBI, Kenya – The East African country of Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, officials say, in what they believe is a world record.

People familiar with the effort say 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 initiative as part of his Green Legacy Initiative, which is taking place in 1,000 sites across the country.

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

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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