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12:00 AM, November 13, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 13, 2010

Planting a billion trees

Planting cocount sapling as part of pilot project

The 'Billion Tree Campaign', the combined campaign for tree plantation by Art of Living Foundation and United Nation's Environment Programme (UNEP) has been launched in Bangladesh. Marico Bangladesh has supported the phase one of the project as part of their 'Go Green' campaign.
The campaign is raising awareness of the inter-dependence between humankind and the planet's ecosystems, as well as the linkages between tree planting and climate change mitigation, the restoration of biodiversity, air and soil quality and food security.
The Billion Tree Campaign offers hope and a simple solution for climate change mitigation, while enriching biodiversity.
The Art of Living Foundation, established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1981, is a unique global service project that formulates and implements lasting solutions to conflicts and issues faced by individuals, communities and nations.
As a non-government organisation, Art of Living Foundation works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development and conflict resolution. The Foundation has accredited representatives at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
The Art of Living Foundation had already planted millions of trees as part of the campaign in more than 100 countries.
'Billion Tree Campaign' in Bangladesh in the first phase had pledged 32,000 coconut trees in 64 districts of Bangladesh with the support of Marico Bangladesh and more to go. Coconut tree is a 'three generation' tree, which can support three generations and can bind soil in coastal areas and prevent climate change.
As part of the pilot project 5,000 coconut saplings have already been planted in 10 districts. SMKK, ADI, AID Comilla, Janoseba Kendra, Shushilan and AVAS, all these organisations were instrumental in implementing this project.
As a continuation of this project, the Art of Living Foundation will launch organic farming, agribusiness management, rural development programmes and their 5H programmes in Bangladesh, the Foundation's Country Director Mr. Bazlur Rahman Khan and the Country Coordinator Mr Sajeev Menon, said in a combined statement.

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