PHL breaks Guinness record in tree planting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:58

It’s official. The Philippines broke the record in the number of trees planted in one day when it embarked on what is dubbed as “Treevolution: Greening MindaNow” held in the troubled island of Mindanao in southern Philippines September 26 last year.

The Guinness World Record (GWR) announced that Mindanao has the “most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations” during the conduct of the one-day tree planting

According to the GWR website, a total of 2,294,629 trees were planted by 122,186 participants in 29 locations during the one-day event organized by Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) and the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“This record-breaking event saw the planting of rubber, cacao, coffee, timber and mahogany trees, as well as a range of fruit trees and other species indigenous to the Philippines,” GWR said.

Setting aside fear and anxiety, Muslims and Christians in Mindanao, wracked by armed conflict from Muslim rebels and communist insurgents, joined the event.

It beat the previous record of 1.9 million held by India.

Local officials, policemen, soldiers and Moro rebels temporarily laid down their arms to plant thousands of trees in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other parts of the island .

A team from Guinness World Records arrived in Zamboanga to document and to validate the entry.

The “Treevolution” initiative supports the Philippines greening program that targets 1.5 million hectares reforested by 2016.

“We are happy to announce that Mindanao, Philippines has officially set a new Guinness World Record for the most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations through TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW, held on September 26, 2014, said Luwalhati Antonino, chairperson ot eh Mindanao Development Authority.

“This is a huge feat for all Mindanawons, especially the volunteers and partners, particularly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) who showed overwhelming support in successful conduct of TreeVolution,” Antonino said. . “We express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated in the event. Their involvement has made this historic event even more meaningful.

Due to the stringent verification process of the Guinness committee, only 2,294,629 out of the 4 million trees planted were officially tallied, exceeding the previous record of India by more than 300,000 trees.

“More importantly, this official number from Guinness does not in any way reduce the long-term impacts of the actual 4 million trees planted in over 7,800 hectares of land all over Mindanao,” Antonino explained.

The 4 million seedlings planted add 1 percent to Mindanao’s target forest cover by 2016. These trees, once fully mature can supply oxygen to around 16 million people daily, or 75 percent of the total Mindanao population. There’s also no doubt on how the seedlings we planted could eventually minimize the impacts of climate change.

While breaking a world record was a recognized motivating factor for the event, it has been amply emphasized that the success of the TreeVolution goes beyond the Guinness World Record.