Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pakistan set a new world record in tree planting!

An interesting report from Pakistan: A new world record (well, it's the Guinness World Record) in tree planting was set on July 15 in the southern province of Sindh: 541, 176 trees were planted in one day.

The planting was made by 300 volunteers, and as BBC News reported they planted mangrove saplings in the 750 acres of the Indus river delta region.

The previous record was set in India just last month when 447,874 saplings were planted in Assam state. Mangroves grow in delta regions where the fresh waters of the river mix with sea water.

This is good news and we're happy to hear about this initiative and hope it's not the last one of its kind in Pakistan, but there's of course the question how many trees will actually reach maturity and it looks like there's a good chance survival rate will be relatively poor - experts say the new saplings will have difficulty surviving because of diminishing river water in the region.

We'll keep our fingers crossed for these young trees!

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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