UNEP campaign to plant billion trees hits target seven months early

UNEP’s Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign met its goal–to plant a billion trees worldwide this year–seven months early after Senegal unveiled a pledge to plant 20 million trees.

The campaign, announced at the recent climate change convention conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, now switches to turning those pledges into one billion actual plantings by the end of 2007.

Senegal made its announcement on the International Day on Biological Diversity, which this year has a special focus on the relationship between biodiversity and climate change.

The campaign was inspired by 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.