Ecuador breaks Guinness reforestation record

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CATEQUILLA, Ecuador: Ecuador broke a world record for reforestation Saturday, as thousands of people pitched in to plant 647,250 trees of more than 200 species, President Rafael Correa said. “I have just been informed that we have broken the Guinness record for reforestation,” the president said in his weekly address. Correa said the seedlings were planted all over Ecuador, which boasts varied geography from its Pacific coast, high Andean peaks and low Amazon basin areas. Environment Minister Lorena Tapia said on Twitter that 44,883 people planted the trees on more than 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of land.

AFP

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