Ankara, Turkey – Eleven million saplings have been planted in three hours in 2 023 locations in 81 provinces across Turkey as part of the “Breath for the Future” campaign on 11 November 2019. The Agriculture and Forestry Ministry that launched the campaign in late October plants the saplings on behalf of people who "adopted" them online. Thirteen million trees have been adopted so far.
"By planting millions of young trees, the nation is working to foster a new, lush green Turkey," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said when kicking off the mass tree-planting project in Ankara. He declared 11 November as the National Forestation Day and expressed hope that such planting ceremonies will become an annual event for the Turkish public and will set an example for the world.
On 12 November, Guinness World Records announced that Turkey has established a world record of planting most saplings in an hour at 303 150 trees.