August 16, 2016
A recent tree planting event in Uttar Pradesh, India has earned itself a place for the second time in ‘Guinness Book of World Record’ by planting 5 crore saplings in a time span of 24 hours. On this World Population Day, July 11, 2016, under the ‘Clean UP Green UP’ campaign, Uttar Pradesh government under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched a massive plantation drive at 6,000 sites across the state. The plantation drive was a sustained effort to increase the Green Cover in the state.
Uttar Pradesh Government breaks its own Record
The plantation drive, under which the state government has planted 5 Crore saplings across the state today broke their own ‘Guinness World Record’ of planting 10 lakh saplings in 8 hours.
Details of the Plantation Drive
The plantation of 5 crore saplings was mostly carried out on government land, forest land and degraded forest land. More than 80 species of 7 crore saplings, raised in 950 nurseries were planted across 6,000 sites. The species included Mango, Tamarind, Mahua, Pakad, Neem, Bargad and Peepal apart from others.
Increase in the State’s Forest Cover
In an effort to increase the state’s forest cover, Uttar Pradesh state officials passed out millions of saplings for planting across the state. The government had at that time communicated to the Guinness Book of World Records about its initiative.
“It is a massive exercise for which the preparations began six months ago.” ~Mukesh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Uttar Pradesh Western Zone
Audits during the Event
At the time of event, the Guinness record auditors had already reached the sites and the audit was done by a third party involving teachers, students, and non-governmental organisations.
Uttar Pradesh government had roped in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for carrying out carbon sequestration connected with the exercise. Under this, TERI measured the carbon units absorbed which can be used for getting carbon credits in future.
Last year, Uttar Pradesh government had earned itself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the green drive under which 10 lakh saplings were planted within a span of 8 hours. The certificate for UP’s record setting performance was awarded to Akhilesh Yadav.
A recent Forest Survey Report released by the Government of India shows a 261 square km increase in forest and tree covers in Uttar Pradesh. The report attributes better plantation and better protection of the plants which is indeed a proud moment for us!