China tops the world for having 70 mln ha of planted forest
Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/8/28 17:30:29
China is home to 69.3 million hectares of artificial forest, the most in the world, following more than six decades of afforestation work, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration.
Total forest acreage has grown to 3.12 billion mu (208 million ha) from 1.24 billion mu in early 1950s, covering 21.66 percent of the land area, compared with 8.6 percent more than 60 years ago, Zhang said at a national conference on accelerating afforestation over the weekend in Hohhot.
Zhang said the administration aims to have more trees planted in areas along the Belt and Road Initiative region, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and the Yangtze River economic belt.
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Grand Lake Victoria water project ushered in
PETI SIYAME IN SUMBAWANGA
THE Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has announced a grand water distribution project in four regions of Katavi, Rukwa, Simiyu and Tabora by harnessing Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria fresh waters to increase water supply, hence permanently addressing water woes in the regions.
Mr Majaliwa revealed that while addressing residents of Majengo residents in Sumbawanga Municipality in Rukwa Region on Wednesday shortly after laying a foundation stone on a mega-water project funded by the European Union and Government of Germany through its development bank, KfW, at the cost of 32bn/-.
“The government is looking at the possibility of harnessing Lake Tanganyika’s fresh waters from Karema Village in Tanganyika District (Katavi ) as well as Kasanga Port in Kalambo District in Rukwa Region for use in those municipalities as well as all villages in which the project will pass through”, he said.
In the same vein, the PM said that water supply in Shinyanga Region, as harnessed from Lake Victoria would be pumped into Igunga and Nzega districts in Tabora Region. Also, the water project in Busega District in Simiyu Region will be extended to Bariadi, Itilima, Meatu and Maswa districts in the region.
Mr Majaliwa cautioned that environmental degradation in Rukwa and Katavi regions could lead to desertification if stern measures are not taken to curb it and plant many trees to check climate change effect.
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Located about two hours from Cairo, the Serapium forest is part of a program initiated by the Egyptian government in the 90s. The 200-hectare plantation is home to a variety of native and non-native trees, including commercially valuable species like eucalyptus and mahogany. Though the soil in this area would normally be too devoid of nutrients to support new tree growth, researchers have found that by watering the trees with sewage effluent, the plants are able to flourish. The wastewater provides so many nutrients that additional fertilizer isn’t even necessary.
Egyptian researchers discover a way to grow forests in the desert with sewage
Reversing deforestation, restoring landscapes
Asia Pacific – Regional leaders gathered this month in Brunei Darussalam to discuss ways to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific. But what does it mean to ‘reverse’ deforestation? And how can it be done without reversing the rapid development that supports the economies and livelihoods of the region?
In discussion at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, experts in government, research and development addressed these questions in a panel session titled ‘Restoring our rainforests’. Panelists in the session argued that reversing deforestation does not simply mean reforestation, but requires an approach that integrates the goal of restoring forests with other diverse objectives within the forest landscape, including livelihoods, economic growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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Satellite mapping is helping to monitor and raise awareness of India’s rapid loss of agricultural land. (Credit: University of Omaha)
Satellites Observe India Desertification at Alarming Rate
A new analysis of satellite images shows that nearly 30 percent of India’s agricultural land is turning into desert, and the rate of soil degradation is increasing at an alarming rate. The report by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says that land degradation now affects 96 million hectares (237 million acres), or 30 percent of India’s agricultural lands.
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Nigeria: Jigawa Distributes 2.5 Million Seedlings to Tackle Desertification
By Aliyu M. Hamagam
Dutse — The Jigawa State government has flagged off this year’s tree planting campaign against desertification with the distribution of 2.5 million seedlings to the people of the state.
The state governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, who stated this in Dutse, said the seedlings for this year’s programme were mainly made of economic trees.
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