Deforestation: Did Ethiopia plant 350 million trees in a day?


Ethiopia says it planted more than 350 million trees in just one day which, if verified, would be a world record.

But is such a feat even possible?

We’ve been looking at the numbers.

Why plant trees?

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the £1.1bn tree planting project earlier this year to tackle deforestation and climate change.

The United Nations says forest cover in Ethiopia fell from 35% of total land area in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% by the 2000s.

The initial target was to plant 200 million tree saplings in 12 hours on 29 July, but Dr Getahun Mekuria, the Innovation and Technology minister, said the country ended up planting more than 350 million tree seedlings.