China : to raise awareness about successes in combating desertification (Google / China Weekly / Xinhuanet)

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2013-08/28/c_132670156.htm

China’s media campaign on combating desertification “inspires hope”: UN body

BERLIN, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has praised China’s ongoing media campaign to raise awareness about successes in combating desertification, saying it “inspires hope.”

The campaign, named “Green Ribbon of the Earth,” was led by China’s Xinhua News Agency in cooperation with the State Forestry Administration (SFA). It highlighted the achievements and experience gained during a 35-year national forestation project to combat land desertification in northwest, north and northeast China.

“It shows that reversing desertification is possible not just at landscapes or ecosystem level but at continental-level. It inspires hope by showing that desertification is not a fate,” UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja said in a statement recently.

“Hope that land restoration is achievable. And hope that a land-degradation neutral world is possible because deforestation can be avoided, and where unavoidable, degraded land can be restored at a rate equal to or faster than its degradation,” Gnacadja added.

Launched in 1978, China’s Three-North Shelterbelt Forest Program, was expected to be completed by 2050 and cover about 4.07 million square km, accounting for 42.4 percent of the total land area of China.

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Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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