Pakistan reclaims record for most mangrove saplings planted



Published — Monday 24 June 2013

Last update 24 June 2013 5:50 am

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Kharo Chan: Pakistan has reclaimed the world record of planting the maximum number of mangroves in a day. The Sindh Forest Department on Saturday regained its position in the Guinness Book of World Records by outpacing India. For 14 hours, 300 social workers, volunteers and forest department employees worked ceaselessly save for a three-hour break during the high tide to planted approximately 750,000 mangrove saplings in Kharo Chan — an island village off the Keti Bandar coast.
Their effort broke the record set by India in 2010 for planting 611,000 saplings in a day. “The purpose is to highlight the importance of the mangroves in the Indus delta, its biodiversity and most of all, the welfare of the communities dependent on them for their livelihood in the precious but severely threatened ecosystem,” said Riaz Ahmed Wagan, the chief conservator of forests in Sindh.

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