National Tree Planting Day in Pakistan Date in the current year: August 18, 2016

National Tree Planting Day in Pakistan National Tree Planting Day (NTPD) in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is celebrated on August 18. The holiday was established in 2009 by the government and president of Pakistan in order to raise awareness of deforestation and other environmental issues.

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari created National Tree Planting Day to recognize a Guinness World Record set by Pakistan on July 15, 2009. On that day, 300 volunteers planted 541,176 young mangrove saplings in one day without using any mechanical equipment. This event was part of the country's pledge to plant 120 million trees in the United Nation Environment Program's Billion Tree Campaign.

In 2010, India broke the record by planting 611,000 saplings in 24 hours. However, Pakistan reclaimed the record three years later. 300 forest department employees, volunteers and social workers planted about 750,000 mangrove saplings in a little over 12 hours.

Pakistan's National Tree Planting Day events and activities are planned and organized by the Ministry of Environment. On August 18, all citizens of Pakistan are encouraged to participate in tree planting activities held throughout the country so that a maximum number of trees can be planted. The holiday receives wide media coverage and is accompanied by a large awareness campaign.

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