FACTOID

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Liv­ing forests are an im­por­tant part of the earth’s cli­mate sys­tem. But what’s the man-made for­est? A man-made for­est is ex­actly what it sounds like – a for­est that didn’t nat­u­rally oc­cur, but was planted by hu­mans in or­der to create a new for­est or re­plen­ish an ex­ist­ing one. While Changa Manga Jun­gle in Pak­istan is widely known as the oldest hand-planted for­est, Sai­hanba in China is the world’s largest man-made for­est. Known as the “Great Green Wall,” the for­est was planted to stop de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and fight cli­mate change. Spread over more than 500,000 sq km in the north of Bei­jing, it acts like an en­vi­ron­men­tal shield and pro­tects north China from sand­storms.

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