Indonesia to plant millions of trees

Indonesia to plant millions of trees

Indonesia to plant millions of trees

Updated 19 December 2011, 11:46 AEDT

Indonesia is aiming to plant around 79 million trees in a day-long event ahead of a global climate change conference it will host in December.

The forestry ministry spokesman, Ahmad Fauzi Mas'ud, says the nation's 71,000 villages, plus some 8,000other administrative areas, have each been ordered to plant 1,000 trees on November 28.

Mr Mas'ud says says the tree planting is happening in tandem with efforts to reduce illegal logging.

Indonesia has been criticised for its failure to stem widespread illegal logging that according to Greenpeace saw it lose almost 2 million hectares of forests per year between 2000 and 2005.