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Reforestation: Ecuador plants 647,250 trees, breaks Guinness record

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Forests are one of the most important natural resources that have been gifted to mankind for its sustained existence on earth. Conservation of forests is, therefore, a necessity that requires to be addressed as a priority.

Recently, Ecuador broke the world record for restoration when thousands of people planted 647,250 trees of more than 200 species.

“I have just been informed that we have broken the Guinness record for reforestation,” said President Rafael Correa.

Explaining about the adopted measures taken for restoration, Correa said, “The seedlings were planted all over Ecuador, which boasts varied geography from its Pacific coast, high Andean peaks and low Amazon basin areas.”

Environment Minister Lorena Tapia tweeted that 44,883 people planted the trees on more than 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of land.

Hundreds of varieties of plants and trees were planted as part of the mass reforestation effort, said Carlos Martinez, Guinness Records adjudicator.

“There is no record in history of similar events involving over 150 species,” he told Agence France-Presse.

Volunteers who planted trees in more than 150 spots across Ecuador said that while they were proud of the record, they wouldn’t mind seeing it broken again.

Last September, Philippines broke the record for the most trees planted in an hour with 3.2 million seedlings sown as a part of a national forestation program.

Ecuador holds several other world records, including the most plastic bottles recycled in one week and the most people buried in sand simultaneously, as per Guinness.

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Uttar Pradesh Government to Conserve Trees that Are More than 100 Years Old

After their identification, a display board will be put up near each tree giving details about its age, species and how it is beneficial

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The Principal Chief Conservator of forests (PCCF) Pawan Kumar recently directed the state's Forest Department to collaborate with gram sabhas to identify such trees in their respective village areas and ensure their conservation. Pixabay

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to conserve trees that are more than 100 years old and give them the status of ‘heritage’.

The Principal Chief Conservator of forests (PCCF) Pawan Kumar recently directed the state’s Forest Department to collaborate with gram sabhas to identify such trees in their respective village areas and ensure their conservation.

After their identification, a display board will be put up near each tree giving details about its age, species and how it is beneficial to both man and animal.

The PCCF said: “I have submitted guidelines on this project to the government and the approval will come in a week’s time. Thereafter, all the DFO’s will be officially informed to start working on this project.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to conserve trees that are more than 100 years old and give them the status of ‘heritage’. Pixabay

“Approximately 60,000 trees will be identified in phase one of this project, which will be led by the a biodiversity management committee. Directions will be sent to railways, cantonment boards and government residential colonies to share information about heritage trees in the area under their jurisdiction and allow the committee to start efforts for their conservation.”

Ramesh Pandey, Chief Conservator of Forest and Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Biodiversity Board, said: “The government’s move to identify and protect old trees is deep-rooted in our tradition of worshipping certain trees and groves.”

He said that the common trees which are older than 100 years old are mostly from the Ficus family such as banyan and peepal and are also called sacred fig.

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“They are deciduous evergreens and many have aerial roots. Also the jamun, tamarind and sal trees are among the oldest trees in this region. We have identified a few century-old trees in the city area and the staff has been directed to speak with the gram pradhan concerned to send a photograph of such old trees to us,” Pandey added. (IANS)