Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests
"There is no better feeling than when you plant a tree and after some time come and see it growing,"
- opera singer and UNESCO Artist for Peace Boris Trajanov
Thousands of Macedonians took a day off work on Thursday to plant three million trees to revive the nation's forests after fires ravaged an estimated 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) of greenery.
Trajanov launched the initiative three years ago, gaining wide support from the government, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, foreign representatives and businesses.
Around 30 million trees have previously been planted on more than 8,500 hectares.
"This has become a nice tradition that is not only increasing the awareness among citizens about need for protection of the environment, but is making Macedonia more green and more clean," the Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska said as she planted a tree near the capital Skopje.