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Volunteers in India Do it Again–Planting 250 Million Saplings in Single Day and Seeing 80% Survival Rate

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In just one day, the Indians have planted an impressive quarter of a billion saplings.

While mass tree planting operations around the world are receiving increasing skepticism for their real impacts on stabilizing the climate, the last four major plantations in the state of Uttar Pradesh have risen to an impressive average survival rate of saplings of 80%.

According to Peter Wohlleben, the renowned German forester and author of The secret life of trees, Our woody neighbors need an average of 50 years of growth before carbon can be considered ‘sequestered’, so the fact that many of Uttar Pradesh’s new trees are now four and five means there is a much better chance that survive pests, drought, or other hazards to become contributing members of the arboreal society.

Along riverbanks and roads, and in farms, schools and forests, Sunday saw millions of residents of the most populous Indian state continue what is now an annual tradition (a year ago, 20 million of saplings along the Ganges).

“We are committed to increasing the forest cover of Uttar Pradesh to more than 15% of the total land area in the next five years,” said state forestry official Manoj Singh.

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According to DW, the state’s forest cover has increased in recent years.

“There has been an increase of 127 square kilometers [79 square miles] on forest cover in Uttar Pradesh compared to 2017, “said a state government spokesman in The Indian Express Newspaper.

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Mass tree planting has been launched as an easy and inexpensive method of removing carbon from the atmosphere, and hundreds of millions of trees are planted in countries around the world, including in porcelain, Pakistan, India, Madagascar, and the Sahel nations, especially Ethiopia Y Senegal, GNN has reported.

With geo-tagged QR codes, forestry officials can monitor plantation survival rates and keep records of success and failure at individual sites.

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Such efforts will be indispensable in India, which plants to expand its tree cover by 95 million hectares by 2030.

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