The Philippines Breaks World Record By Planting More Than 3 Million Trees In An Hour

Officials from the Philippines announced on Saturday that the country had broken a world record by planting approximately 3.2 million trees in just one hour.

The seedlings were planted on the southern island of Mindanao as part of a national reforestation program. 160,000 Filipinos, including government employees, students and volunteers, took part in the record.

Students taking part in the historic tree-planting

Young students taking part in the historic tree-planting

Though Guinness still has to confirm the numbers before it gives its official certification, regional environment director Marc Fragada, who was heavily involved in the project, is confident that the Philippines beat the record of 1.9 million trees set by India in August of 2011.

The trees included a number of different varieties, from forest trees to cash crops like cacao, rubber and coffee bean trees.

“They were chosen by the planters in hopes that the local people will take good care of them because it will be part of their livelihood,”

Fragada said.

Mindanao residents planting trees

The Philippine islands were once covered in dense forest, but decades of development, logging and slash-and-burn farming practices have destroyed much of that.

Back in 2011, Philippines President Benigno Aquino established a program with the goal of planting 1.5 billion trees on 1.5 million hectares of land before his presidency ends in 2016.

Saturday’s world record puts the country one step closer to that goal.

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