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World Forestry Day celebrated with the Games’ “200 Days To Go” event

New Delhi, 22 March 2010: Marking the World Forestry Day on March 21, Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi celebrated the “200 Days To Go” for the Games with the ‘Green’ theme. The event was organised on a bright and sunny spring day in the lawns of India Gate. The participants enthusiastically celebrated the biggest milestone of the Games till date and it was an instant success. As the first ever Green Games, the ‘200 Days to Go’ celebrations of Delhi 2010 was a preview of the green initiatives taken up. Every year, on 21 March, World Forestry Day is celebrated across the globe for the last 30 years to aware people about the importance of forests and its multiple benefits. The celebration of the milestone of the Green Games had a green flavor. There was an overwhelming response from the visitors that was evident from the crowd at the kiosk set up by the Sustainability and Environment FA of OC CWG Delhi 2010 for saplings distribution. As many as 1500 saplings were distributed amongst the visitors in jute bags. The jute bags were also distributed with an objective to promote the use of eco-friendly material over the plastic bags. The objective of the plants distribution campaign was to encourage the citizens of Delhi to adopt a plant and to nurture it. The campaign actively involved the general public to prevent the depletion of forests and to expand the existing ones for future generations. The species distributed during the ceremony mainly consisted of the indigenous species such as Mangifera indica, Callistemon, Syzygiam cumini, Acacia nilotica and various other kitchen garden plants.