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29 November 2007

Mass tree-planting in Indonesia

28 November 2007 Indonesia is trying to plant nearly 80 million trees in a single day, in an attempt to set a new world record and deflect criticism about deforestation. Police, soldiers and local officials joined President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the nationwide project.

The plan is part of a campaign launched at UN climate change talks last year.

A World Bank report puts Indonesia as the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter - owing to deforestation, land clearing and forest fires.

President Yudhoyono took part in the planting of more than 1,000 native trees in Bogor, west Java. Mr Yudhoyono declared the trees a gift to the world, and said the event showed Indonesia was serious about protecting the environment.

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