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Tree Seedlings: Bbc News and African Union

tree seedlings: Throughout Monday, Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology Dr, according to CTV. Getahun Mekuria was updating his followers on the country's progress. Staff from the United Nations, the African Union and foreign embassies took part in the effort, with BBC News reporting some Ethiopian government offices have been shut down to let civil servants take part. By early evening, he tweeted that the country had planted 353,633,660 tree seedlings in 12 hours. Forest coverage in Ethiopia has declined from 35 per cent in the early 1900s to little more than four per cent in the 2000s, according to UN statistics. The mass tree-planting effort was part of the country's Green Legacy Initiative, which intends to grow four billion trees in Ethiopia this summer -- with the intended goal to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change. ( As reported in the news.