Ethiopia breaks tree-planting record to tackle climate change

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Ethiopia breaks tree-planting record to tackle climate change

Some government offices have been shut down to allow civil servants to take part in the campaign [Photo:BBC]

Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, which officials believe is a world record.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is leading the project, which aims to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought‑prone country.

Some public offices have been shut down to allow civil servants to take part.

The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35% of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4% in the 2000s.

[ Source:BBC ]