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Some nice symbolism here... WWF-Nepal reports that it has just completed its target for 2011 of planted 108,000 trees in the Sacred Garden of Lumbini, where the Buddha was born roughly 2,500 years ago. Over the next ten years the plan is to plant one million trees in the surrounding area.
Trees native to the region during Buddha's lifetime, such as ashoka, sal, pipal and kadam, with be planted "to conserve the religious and ecological heritage of Lumbini", WWF said in its press statement.
In addition to the benefits of the tree planting for the immediate area around Lumbini, WWF notes that Lumbini is "regarded as the soul of the Terai Arc [Landscape]"--the swath of lowland across southern Nepal, one of the few places in the world where endangered tigers, elephants and rhinos still live side-by-side.
Terai Arc Landscape project map: WWF Nepal
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