Uttar Pradesh (UP), the northern state in India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for planting the most number of saplings in a single day. The UP government had under a greening drive, planted over 50 million saplings in several locations in a single day. This sapling plantation was conducted under its Clean UP, Green UP initiative.
The plantation drive was kickstarted by Uttar Pradesh's top elected official, Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav. The state forest department provided the saplings of peepal, sheesham, sagaun, neem, arjun, imli, gular, mahua and jamun, etc. for the plantation and the evaluation was done by ‘The Energy Research Institute for Carbon Sequestration’.
India's government is encouraging its all states to start tree-planting drives to increase the country's forest cover as part of commitments made at last year's climate change summit in Paris. The Indian government has designated over $6.2 billion for tree-planting across the country, in keeping with its pledge to push India's forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030.
However, UP’s official entry into the Guinness Book of World Records,will only be announced once the record keeping team verifies the claims, a process that is expected to take up to two months. Nevertheless, this was the biggest plantation exercise carried out globally. Earlier, the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh held the Guinness record of planting 1.43 crore saplings in 24 hours in August 2015.