The president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach revealed that 70,000 trees were planted in cooperation with The sporting body and the charity Tree Aid, in Mali and Senegal.
This initiative aims to turn the desert into a forest across the two countries by planting 590,000 trees over the next four years.
Bach added that he aspires to transition from a zero-carbon to a climate-positive organization in 2024 in order to help remove more carbon from the atmosphere than we emit.
The Olympic Forest Project also helps fight malnutrition by planting many types of fruit trees such as lemon, mango and mahogany trees.
The importance of this initiative lies in the ability of trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as one absorbs only 20 kilograms in one year.
Moreover, The IOC hopes to sequester approximately 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.