Af­foresta­tion Cam­paign

China Pictorial (English) - - Front Page - Edited by Li Zhuoxi

In China, af­foresta­tion plays a fun­da­men­tal role in build­ing eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion and safe­guard­ing eco­log­i­cal se­cu­rity. It also lays a foun­da­tion for build­ing a beau­ti­ful China and im­ple­ment­ing the ru­ral vi­tal­iza­tion strat­egy. Ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping’s re­port to the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, China will pro­mote af­foresta­tion, take com­pre­hen­sive steps to con­trol de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, stony deserts and soil ero­sion, strengthen wet­land con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion and bet­ter pre­vent and con­trol ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters. China will im­prove its sys­tem for pro­tect­ing nat­u­ral forests and trans­form more mar­ginal farm­land into forests and grass­lands. China will rig­or­ously pro­tect farm­land and ex­pand tri­als in crop ro­ta­tion and keep­ing land fal­low. China will im­prove sys­tems for re­gen­er­a­tion of crop­lands, grass­lands, forests, rivers, and lakes, and set up di­ver­si­fied mar­ket-based mech­a­nisms for eco­log­i­cal com­pen­sa­tion.

Statis­tics from China’s State Forestry Ad­min­is­tra­tion shows that the coun­try planted 29.83 mil­lion hectares of trees over the past five years, and the growth of its for­est re­sources was faster and greater than that of any other coun­try dur­ing the same pe­riod. China’s for­est cov­er­age has risen to 21.66 per­cent.

Next, China will launch a large-scale af­foresta­tion cam­paign. The coun­try aims to ex­pand more than 100 mil­lion mu (each mu is equiv­a­lent to 0.067 hectares) of forests in 2018, in­clud­ing a 50-mil­lion- mu man­made for­est, while tend­ing 120 mil­lion mu of ex­ist­ing for­est. By 2020, China’s woody plant cov­er­age will ex­ceed 29 per­cent and its for­est stock will rise to 16.5 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters. China aims to in­crease its for­est cov­er­age to 23.04 per­cent by 2020 and 26 per­cent by 2035, and this num­ber is ex­pected to reach the world av­er­age by the mid­dle of this cen­tury.

Oc­to­ber 9, 2017: The land­scape of the Greater Hing­gan Moun­tains in Hei­longjiang Prov­ince of north­east­ern China. VCG

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