Karachi, September 29, 2010 (IUCN)
IUCN Pakistan monitored the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted by a single individual in 24 hours. The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan in collaboration with the Pakistan Army. This record breaking event took place at Laweraiwala, Wazirabad by planting saplings of Delbergia Sissoo (shisham). Muhammed Yousuf Jamil, a Lance Naik (Lance Corporal) in the Pakistani Army has set a new Guinness World Record for most saplings planted in 24 hours.
On the request of the Ministry of Environment, IUCN Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Programme Manager, Mr. Inam Ullah Khan, was nominated to witness the world record breaking event.
The previous record for the most trees planted in a day by an individual was held by Ken Chaplin of Canada who planted 15,170 red pine seedlings in one day near Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan, Canada on 30 June 2001.
IUCN was requested to witness the event by dint of its professional expertise and being world’s first and the largest global environmental organization.
Previously Mr. Tahir Qureshi an IUCN expert had been nominated as a referee in the Guinness World Record for maximum tree plantation in a single day in Pakistan.
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IUCN Pakistan is part of the IUCN’s Asia Regional Programme based in Bangkok, Thailand. Established in 1985 to assist in the preparation of Pakistan’s National Conservation Strategy, IUCN Pakistan has grown to become the largest country programme of IUCN. Together with its partners and members, it is implementing several conservation initiatives across the country through institutional strengthening, policy advocacy and field work. Currently there are 27 active members of IUCN in Pakistan, including the Government of Pakistan as the state member, six government agencies and 20 NGOs. Over 100 volunteers from Pakistan work in IUCN’s six specialised commissions.