Significant progress in fighting desertification by reforestation in China

More than 400 million people in China are still affected by desertification. It would be nice to see published satellite images showing this progress

 

Progress in fighting desertification

by CNC

China’s forestry authority says the country has made significant progress in fighting desertification.
The area of land desertified or sandified has been decreasing for 10 consecutive years.
Expanding deserts are a global problem. And China is also a victim. Around one-third of the country’s land faces degradation. But it may not necessarily be a losing battle.
After three decades of efforts, the country has made significant progress in stopping the spread of deserts.
On Tuesday, the country’s forestry authority said the area of land desertified or sandificated has been on the decline for 10 consecutive years.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): ZHANG JIANLONG, Head of State Forestry Administration
“By the end of 2014, 2.61 million square kilometers of land was desertified across China, 12,120 square kilometers down from in 2009. A total of 1.72 million square kilometers of land was sandified, 9,902 square kilometers less from in 2009. This is the 10th consecutive year that the figures have dropped.”
Despite the progress, the State Forestry Administration has admitted that desertification remains a serious challenge.
More than 400 million people in China are still affected by desertification, struggling to cope with water shortages, unproductive land and the breakdown of ecological systems.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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