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Mongolia plants 42m trees since 2021 to combat desertification

Mongolia has planted a total of 42 million trees across the country since the launch of its national tree-planting campaign in 2021, the country’s presidential press office said on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

Tree planting
Tree planting

In addition, at least 63 million seedlings had so far been stocked, it said, urging the public to actively take part in the upcoming National Tree Planting Day.

The land-locked Asian country is expected to observe the country’s largest tree-planting and nature care event on May 11.

In October 2021, Mongolia launched the nationwide tree-planting campaign “Billion Trees’’ as the country’s President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh told the UN General Assembly.

He said that the campaign aimed to plant at least a billion trees by 2030 to combat desertification.

Desertification related to climate change has been the main factor behind the increasing frequency of yellow dust storms in Mongolia in recent years, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said.

Desertification and land degradation have already affected 77 per cent of Mongolia’s total territory, and 11.89 per cent of that is now covered by forests, according to the ministry.

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