A tree planting ceremony was held on 23 March 2007, on the occasion of the 35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Mombasa, Kenya (24 March).
A total of 650 trees were planted around the course where the championships will be staged today.
Athletes from participating countries were involved in watering the planted trees and leaving labels with their names under each tree.
The President Lamine Diack and Vice-Presidents of IAAF, together with Kenyan officials planted each a tree at the venue.
The Environmental Project was funded by the IAAF and Green Africa Foundation, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was involved in the formulation and implementation of mitigation measures that will be adopted to abate the increase of CO2 emissions before, during and after the event.
President Diack said “I sincerely hope that the city of Mombasa will do its utmost to preserve this environmental legacy for future generations.”