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Indonesia to Plant 79 Million Trees in Week Prior to U.N. Climate Change Conference.

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To underline its concern for the effects of global warning and mark the hosting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Government of Indonesia has announced plans to plant 79 million trees across the country between November 20-27, 2007.

With an estimated cost of Rp. 474 billion (approximately US$51.5 million), the trees will be planted in minimal lots of 1,000 trees in 78 pre-selected target areas nation-wide.

The program, devised by the Indonesian Forestry Department, also provides for the care and nurturing of the trees for the next 7 years.

Believed to possibly be the largest tree planting blitz in history, the trees are intended to have a real impact on the threat of global climate change. Organizers claim that 400 tree planted on a single hectare of land are capable of neutralizing between 100-150 tons of carbon.

The Indonesian contribution of 79 million new plantings is part of a global campaign targeting one billion new tree plantings worldwide in connection with the watershed UNFCCC conference in Bali.

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